Cyprien Kasango

The Head Assembler directs the assembly of the scaffolding. His role is to find solutions each day to erect a structure by hand that is several tens of metres tall, in complete safety.

  • Orchestrates the erection of the scaffolding
  • Guarantees the safety of the erection teams

“A plan on paper may seem simple, but assembling it is a different matter!” This phrase by itself summarises the responsibility of the Head Assembler, who is in charge of putting up the scaffolding designed by the design office. The challenge lies in the fact that it is a unique structure that must be assembled almost entirely by hand at several tens of metres above the ground.

A complex technical job

The assemblers’ job sometimes entails working at great height. The work site at the Royal Chapel was no exception! For example, work on the Chapel windows required access to certain parts inside the building but, in order to protect the floor, it was not possible for the structure to rest on the ground. It was decided to attach a new, internal structure to the external scaffolding by passing metal tubes through the windows, creating a sort of artificial cornice.

Careful management of the teams by the head assembler was vital to ensure the safe execution of the task. He was responsible for deciding how certain precarious steps were to be carried out.

Design Office Engineer

Episode I - The scaffolding

The requirements

Adapting to the particularities of the site

“It’s only when you’re up there that you can really assess the needs and details… Everything a plan won’t tell you. So you have to find solutions and make adjustments with each day as it comes.”

— Cyprien Kasango

Managing and supporting the assembly teams

“Safety remains the top priority. While looking at the plan in the morning, I quite often ask myself: “It’s set up like that, but how am I going to get my workman up there?” Harnesses are an everyday part of the assembly teams’ equipment. Only good knowledge of the teams and the profession allows the most accurate assessment of the risks.”

— Cyprien Kasango