2013-11-21 CUPLOK® scaffolding from Harsco helps young climbers reach new heights
“As in previous years we designed and built a scaffolding tower that the children could use for climbing and abseiling activities,” says Chris Hicks, Manager of Harsco’s Southampton branch which provided the equipment. “It was designed to provide them with a range of different opportunities, including a large ramp which offered a wheelchair climbing challenge.”
“This type of activity is a great way for young people of all abilities to develop their skills, and so we’re very grateful to Harsco for providing the climbing tower,” says District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Brian Pinto. “The children with special needs are individually partnered with an Explorer Scout for the weekend, and that really helps build their confidence to take on the new challenges that they encounter on a weekend such as this.”
The climbing tower centred on a standard 8-leg Cuplok® staircase which provided access to two large platforms and gave plenty of scope for the youngsters to get high up above the ground. “Safety was obviously the prime requirement, so we designed in various winching points, safety harness supports and self-closing scaffolding safety gates,” adds Chris Hicks.
“Harsco has provided this type of equipment to the Scouts for the past four or five years and we’ve had the same crew work on the project each time, led by Supervisor Paul Gregory. The team really enjoy working on this, especially when you see the fun and enjoyment that that youngsters get out of the end result,” adds Chris.
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