Useful Information for Professional Wallers
Wallers working in a professional capacity should ensure that they have the necessary public and employers liability insurance cover appropriate for the level of work being undertaken. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that this is kept up to date and amended as and when required.
It is also important that you are familiar with the up to date legislation regarding some working situations such as road side working and manual lifting. Full details of health and safety requirements can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website, www.hse.gov.uk
For people considering starting up their own business, a useful contact is Business Link, or Business Gateway if you are in Scotland, which offer information on a wide range of issues relevant small businesses and self-employment. Details can be found on the website, www.businesslink.gov.uk or contact 0845 600 9006. Contact Business Gateway on www.bgateway.com or telephone 0845 609 6611.
As well as the hammers available from the DSWA office the following hammer also comes recommended from some of our existing professional wallers:
Kraft Tool Masons Hammer: a long handled hammer with the cutting edge in line with the shaft. Made in the USA from high quality materials. Available in 2, 3 and 4lb weights. Approx cost £30 plus postage. From Walls-Ceilings International Ltd, tel 01789 763727, www.walls-and-ceilings.co.uk
The Dry Stone Walling Association seeks to promote best practice within the craft of dry stone walling and has a Code of Practice which members are expected to adhere to. DSWA takes seriously any complaints received against members and does follow up such matters with the individuals concerned. Happily these situations are few and far between.
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