Scaffolders are employed predominantly in the oil and gas fabrication and construction industry. They are involved in the fabrication and construction of oil and gas equipment and major production facilities.  They are responsible for erecting and dismantling scaffolding and associated equipment that allows personnel to reach higher working levels, or to access difficult to reach areas during construction, operations, maintenance or cleaning tasks.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Uses suitable safety equipment e.g. harnesses, cradles, protective personal equipment
  • Loads and unloads scaffolding equipment
  • Sets up base plates and scaffolding poles
  • Fixes the scaffolding to the structure to make it stable
  • Lays planks (walkways) along the scaffolding
  • Fixes guard rails and safety netting
  • Takes down the scaffolding at the end of the job
  • Maintains scaffolding equipment in a safe and usable condition, and in line with scaffolding regulations
  • Removes any items of scaffolding equipment which is deemed to be unsafe or beyond repair
  • Works in a safe manner at all times, ensuring that the permit to work system is followed
  • Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Scaffolders form an important part of a fabrication / construction team to ensure that structures, pipe work and other items are fabricated in line with specification and in a safe manner. Scaffolders are normally employed by specialist companies or construction firms who provide scaffolding services both offshore and onshore. They may be based onshore in a workshop or a construction yard, or offshore on a platform or drilling rig. By the nature of activity, much of the work is conducted outside and involves working at height and in all weathers. The role will involve shift work, which may have early starts and late finishes.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Access and Rigging Operations
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • General experience in manual labouring
  • Trades test/certification

Employers might also look for:

  • NVQ Level 3 In Access and Rigging Operations
  • Construction Skills
  • Offshore experience
  • General labourer experience