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NASC Publishes Scaffolding & Hoists Safety Guidance: SG26:14

NASC Publishes Scaffolding & Hoists Safety Guidance: SG26:14

The NASC’s Safety Guidance on ‘Transporting Scaffolding in Construction Hoists’ – SG26:14 – has been published and is available at www.nasc.org.uk.

The new ‘good practice’ document has been produced by the NASC, working directly with the Construction Hoist Interest Group (CHIG) and was launched by CHIG in Cranes & Access magazine earlier this year, with the endorsement and support of the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The 32-page guidance is a completely updated version of the document first published in May 2005. It provides guidance for scaffolders on the planning and safe use of construction hoists, including transport platforms, used for moving scaffolding materials during the erection and dismantling of scaffolding.

SG26:14 looks in detail at the working hazards associated with hoists used for transporting scaffolding, the planning, operation and installation of Temporary Scaffolding Transportation Systems (TSTS), loading, transportation and unloading of scaffolding materials, training in the use of hoists and TSTS, and contains illustrations showing examples of bad loading practice, suitable stacking methods, hoist characteristics and risk management.

The new document also gives guidance to hoist suppliers, on necessary procedure before supplying hoist equipment to scaffolding companies.  Robin James, NASC Managing Director said: “SG26:14 is a tremendous achievement, linking the needs of different major organisations. It is another step forward for better site safety, with procedural changes that will bring better control and a safer, clearer understanding of responsibility. The NASC and CHIG have worked together under circumstances that have different requirements and agreed what we believe to be good working practice without burden for the industry.”

NASC President, Kevin Ward states: “The introduction of the NASC’s good practice guide for the safe use of transporting scaffolding using construction hoists cannot come soon enough. Hoist suppliers, scaffolding contractors and site management should work together using SG26:14 to help make the use of construction hoists as safe as possible – eliminating bad practice and reducing the risk of accidents and injuries caused in this area of our industry.”

Heather Bryant, HM Chief Inspector of Construction and Chair of the Health and Safety Executiveʼs Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) said: “The use of construction hoists for the transportation of scaffolding materials, during the erection or dismantling of a scaffold, provides a safer means of lifting these materials than some traditional methods. However, as hoists used for this purpose may not have all the physical safeguards present in a fully installed hoist, there is scope for unsafe use, which has led to a number of serious accidents, tragically including some fatalities.

“HSE acknowledges the work undertaken by the construction industry to produce practical guidance to improve safety performance in this important area. It is recognised that the document contains some advice that may go further than the minimum needed to comply with health and safety law. I thank those involved in its production and commend the guidance to you.”

To obtain a hard copy of SG26:14 (or other Safety Guidance documents) and for further details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation – visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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CISRS Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme (OSTS) makes progress in Middle East

CISRS Overseas Scaffolding Training Scheme (OSTS) makes progress in Middle East

Having recently returned to the UK after carrying out successful annual accreditation visits to two CISRS providers – Safety and Access Middle East in Ajman and Simian Skills in Dubai – CISRS have announced that they are very excited about the positive response CISRS scaffolding training is receiving within the region.

Whilst both training providers have only been in operation for a 12 month period, several hundred delegates have now undertaken CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) courses. These have included Level 1 Scaffolder, Basic Scaffold Inspection and Scaffolding Supervision.

Although scaffolding training is not necessarily a new thing in this region it is only in recent times that clients and contractors are beginning to question the suitability, course content and duration of some of the previously available courses.

The introduction of the CISRS scheme is seen as a massive step forwards in improving the safety and quality of scaffolding erected on site. As such, many of the major players within the region are looking to implement a scheme which reflects UK standards.

Dave Mosley (CISRS Scheme Manager) said: “I feel that there are great opportunities for the CISRS scheme within the Middle East, as there is a vast amount of work in both construction and the booming oil and gas sectors.  Both CISRS providers in the Middle East are making excellent progress with some very important clients. It would be amazing to think that in the not too distant future CISRS could become the qualification of choice for the scaffolding sector within this region.“

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The reputation of the CISRS scheme is beginning to grow – with requests for CISRS training coming from all around the Middle East. CISRS training has already taken place in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, and just to emphasise the point that things are starting to happen, Safety and Access Middle East has just gained approval for a new CISRS centre in Ras Laffan in Qatar, where they are supporting QATAR Petroleum with their scaffolding training requirements. Primarily they are looking for Scaffolding Supervisor and Scaffolding Inspection training, but there is scope at the centre through further development to cover the full range of courses. CISRS will be looking to return to the region later in the year for a promotional visit and to meet with further interested parties.

For further details about all CISRS overseas accredited training centres, tube and fitting and system scaffolding CISRS courses, or for information about any of the scaffolding training courses on offer, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.