Interview with Matt Ring
Matt became a scaffolder in 2012 and started Paramount Scaffolding in 2015. When asked what he loves about his job, Matt said it’s the variation of working on different worksites every day, he loves the change of scene and is not often at any one job site for more than a week max before he’s on to the next! Matt mainly works in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel so you can imagine the amazing views he gets to see while on the job.
When Matt first started Paramount Scaffolding, he came across INTAKS when he purchased edge protection from a local roofing company,from there he got in touch with Joel and his partnership with INTAKS took off.
Matt feels the INTAKS scaffolding system is great to work with, its lightweight, there are so many configurations available and once you get to used to it, it’s easy. Its also a huge benefit to the business being lightweight as its easy on the staff, easy on the vehicles and faster to use than other scaffolding systems. INTAKS is easy to store and stores away tidily which means they spend more time on the job instead of storing the scaffolding.
Matt has recently completed a really cool job suspending scaffolding under a bridge. This time last year the Matamata/Piako council spent half a million dollars on a bike track which needed to go over a one lane bridge. For the track to go over the bridge it needed to be widened by a metre. When construction started, they found rotting wood and the bridge was very run down. By tearing down the timber railing and installing steel railing they gained the metre they needed for motorists and cyclists to share the bridge.
Matt suspended the scaffolding underneath and had working platforms down both sides. The team needed to get under the bridge to screw in 30 ml diameter bolts down through the concrete to hold the new steel railing, Matt also ran half a dozen rails up from the platform and this acted as edge protection to protect the team from the rotten wood whilst working 6 metres above the Waihou River. Matt felt a great sense of pride and achievement looking back on this job.
The future for Paramount Scaffolding is bright! Matt is looking forward to continued growth in his 5th year, maintaining good relationships with his customers and suppliers and to look after the locals in Matamata, as well as picking up more work in the Bay of Plenty. After all the Bay has some great views! He aims to provide a good living for his staff and to continue to create a happy work environment.