A scaffold builder is a construction worker who puts up and takes down scaffolding at construction sites.
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A scaffold builder's primary responsibilities are the construction and dismantling of scaffolding (the temporary platforms used in construction). Typical responsibilities also include determining amount of materials, identifying appropriate construction locations and transporting scaffolding materials.
Scaffold builders do not require any formal education, though they must know basic math and be able to follow instructions. Many scaffold builders are carpenters who have learnt their skills on the job, and they may hold a special certification in scaffold building.
Scaffold builders often work on very tall buildings, and must be comfortable working at such heights. Additionally, a scaffold builder's close proximity to power tools, exposed wiring and other hazards make the job much more dangerous than many other occupations.
From 2008 to 2018, employment growth for carpenters is expected to be approximately 13 per cent, which is the average rate of job growth for all occupations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage in May 2008 for carpenters, which is the category under which many scaffold builders fall, was £12.10.
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