Laois Scaffolding Hire Ltd is one of Ireland’s premier suppliers of scaffolding services, currently working on several major projects nationwide. Building Ireland learned all about the award-winning company and their growing success recently from its Contracts Director, Jonathan Healy.
These are busy times for Laois Scaffolding Hire Ltd. and the plan up in Mountmellick is to keep things that way right through 2021, according to Jonathan.
Today the company provide specialised scaffolding services primarily to construction companies and pharmaceutical corporations, having over the years, developed strong working relationships with major contractors including Cairn Homes Low Density and high Density Divisions, Castlethorn Construction, D-Res, Fajon, Glenveagh, John Paul, JJ Rhattigans, Lagan Homes, Sisk and Walls.
“We just opened our industrial division. Pat Kirwan, Contracts Director, Industrial heads it up and we just commenced a new project at Intel which we are delighted about.” Jonathan tells Building Ireland.
Laois Scaffolding Hire Ltd. supply a range of state-of-the-art scaffolding services including the revolutionary Lahyer System which gives clients a vast range of possibilities and are the very first in Ireland to avail of the new digital tagging system Inspect7®, which has revolutionised health and safety inspections and reporting.
“A massive step forward in the world of scaffolding” explains Jonathan.
Inspect7® is a paperless tracking system that is monitored and updated by Laois Supervisors and can be shared with clients to manage projects and timelines.
The Laois team are equipped for and experienced in all types of scaffolding from one-off and low-density housing sites to major pharmaceutical, residential, and commercial developments including restoration and maintenance works.
Seán Doyle is the Managing Director of the company, having acquired it in 2017. The Commercial Management Team is headed up by Jonathon Healy who hails from a generation of scaffolding contractors, he is assisted by Neil Hanlon, Commercial Manager; Shane Murray, Contracts Manager; and Tom Gilfoyle, Quantity Surveyor. The Industrial side of the Business is headed by Pat Kirwan, Contracts Director, Industrial along with his team.
With high-risk scaffolding accounting for a large part of its overall business, Laois Scaffolding Hire Ltd. place a high priority on health and safety for both employees and clients. Both Scaffolding Divisions are ably overseen by Michael Murphy, Safety Officer who has many years of experience in the scaffolding Industry. Michael updates and implements the company’s comprehensive health and safety policies, including all recent Covid-19 regulations.
“We’re operating with, in excess of 100 staff at present, our successful internal training programme is also driven by Michael Murphy and is a huge addition to our company and sets us apart from others” Jonathan explains.
The company has earned a reputation for delivering professional, safe, efficient, and reliable scaffolding services from consultation and innovative design stages, to supply, erect and dismantle with a 100 per cent safety record while remaining competitively priced.
“Our staff are trained to the highest standards,” Jonathan stated.
“Some of them have been with us since we started in 2003. We place a huge emphasis on health and safety and are very proud of our exemplary safety record.
“We were just awarded the ConstructSecure Award, Gold Standard for safety in February 2020.”
Right now, business is going very well according to Jonathan, despite the effects of government lockdown a few months back because of the global pandemic. “We continue to work with some of the biggest and most successful construction companies in the country.” he said.
“It (the lockdown) was a challenge, I have to say, but all of our staff have taken the new protocols on and our sites are safer than ever, this has ensured that our company has thrived since getting back to work.
“We have a number of large projects with Cairn Homes at present and we’ve also invested heavily in our stock of Layer scaffolding system, which is the advanced German system we’re now using,” Jonathan continued.
“We are near completion on Dublin Landings which is another major project which we have been involved with for the past 3 years.”
This is a €700 million Ballymore and Oxley development including the construction of unique offices, retail spaces and apartments located in North Wall Quay.
The Laois team also provide specialist design services if required, they have the expertise to develop safe solutions for any access obstacles.
In summary for clients, Laois Scaffolding Hire Ltd provide immediate assessment of any premises along with a job quotation. They offer innovative design services, top quality, safe and durable materials, experienced and skilled scaffolding experts, qualified safety advisers, prompt delivery and collection of materials via its fleet of vehicles, efficient and safe erection and dismantle of scaffolding equipment along with budget monitoring and cost-control services.
Laois Scaffolding Hire Ltd
Telephone: 057 862 4923
Email: [email protected]
This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, April, Vol 7 No 4