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NASC 2014 Safety & Health Expo Success

NASC 2014 Safety & Health Expo Success

The NASC exhibited with considerable success at the Safety & Health Expo, the UK’s largest health and safety event, which took place at London’s ExCel from 17 to 19 June. The confederation took the opportunity to showcase its recently published good practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding TG20:13, which was received with considerable interest by hundreds of construction and health and safety industry professionals who attended the show.

The confederation also used the event, which attracted some 40,000 visitors, to launch its NASC 2014 Safety Report, which was widely circulated at the Expo, with over 300 copies being distributed from the stand.

The NASC trade stand (V2350) was clearly visible throughout the enormous venue, with a 5m free-standing scaffolding tower constructed by NASC members TRAD Scaffolding Ltd, and was visited by more than 350 people during the course of the show. Many of the visitors were given a live TG20:13 eGuide demonstration, which was very well received. The TG20:13 Android App and the new Information Membership category logo were also showcased, with keen interest in both.

There was also considerable interest in the industry scaffolding training scheme CISRS, particularly in relation to overseas training and the changes to UK training courses following the introduction of TG20:13, for example the CISRS Basic Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS), which becomes a 3-day course from July 1st 2014.

NASC social media from the Expo, via Twitter & Facebook, trended on a health and safety blog, and the organisation topped the Safety & Health Expo organiser’s own App for social media activity, seeing off hundreds of other brands and bloggers.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “The 2014 Expo has been a huge success for the organisation, spreading the NASC safe scaffolding and CISRS quality training message far and wide. The confederation has had a presence at this health and safety event in previous years, and it’s been extremely valuable. But this year has been the most important to date, with huge interest in TG20:13 and the new TG20:13 Android App, the NASC 2014 Safety Report, and the new Information Membership logo, as well as general membership and scaffolding enquiries. The organisation has clearly demonstrated to the health and safety industry what it is doing as the national trade body for access and scaffolding, and will be back in 2015 to promote its work further.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “Interest levels in CISRS were phenomenal at the 2014 Safety & Health Expo, and we were thrilled by the positive response received. The event has given CISRS the opportunity to tell industry what we are doing to improve the standards of scaffolding training in the UK, and we are already looking forward to developing our presence at the 2015 event.”

The Safety & Health Expo is run with exclusive support from IOSH, RoSPA and BSIF, and is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. Safety & Health Expo organisers say: “The Safety & Health Expo has established itself as the definitive UK industry event, consistently attracting health and safety decision makers from multiple sectors with responsibilities across the UK, Europe, and international markets.

In 2014 the Safety & Health Expo has further cemented its reputation as the flagship safety event in the UK. Co-located with the IOSH conference, and offering 55+ hours of free CPD seminar content. It also offered unrivalled educational opportunities. The show also has a growing reputation internationally, with over 20% of exhibitors in 2014 coming from outside the UK, hence this year’s rebrand to ‘Safety & Health International’.”

For details about becoming an NASC member, and to find out more about the NASC, the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more information on CISRS, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk.

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CAPE Gain CISRS OSTS accreditation

CAPE Gain CISRS OSTS accreditation

Cape Asia Academy in Muntinlupa City, Philippines has been awarded accreditation to run the Construction Industry Scaffolder’s Record Scheme (CISRS) Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) at its centre.

Cape were the very first overseas centre to be awarded CISRS accreditation over seven years ago. They had initially run courses based upon the current UK scheme, however with CISRS launching OSTS in 2013 they will now be transferring to the overseas programme in order to come in line with other non-UK CISRS providers.

The OSTS course is based upon the same principles as the UK scheme; these being training, on site experience and assessment with the complexity of the structures covered increasing as delegate’s progress from Level 1 to Level 4. The OSTS course programmes are structured slightly differently to the UK Scheme however content and training exercises covered are very similar. The training will be carried out to UK best practice and industry guidance, but will also incorporate local legislation from the region.

Since opening in 2007, Cape have put around 700 of their employees through various CISRS courses including Pt1, Pt2, Basic Scaffold Inspection etc. A mapping exercise has been carried out in order to evaluate the level of training that has been completed under the previous CISRS programme compared to the OSTS scheme in order to allow for the correct CISRS OSTS cards to be issued to each operative. The Cape Asia Academy will become the first overseas centre to run Level 3 and Level 4 OSTS courses. Level 4 OSTS training is a 10 Day course and is comparable to the UK Advanced Scaffolder qualification.

Although there is not a requirement for overseas delegates to attend the CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS), Cape have made the decision to include it within the suite of CISRS courses that they offer. This will be used as induction training for their new starters and also for operatives that are employed as multi discipline labour e.g. Painters and Laggers, those who then show an aptitude for Scaffolding may be eligible to attend the Level 1 OSTS course when they have gained sufficient site experience.
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Mike Harding, Director (Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and PNG) stated: “We have always been big supporters of the CISRS scheme and we feel that training our operatives to these standards has given us the edge over our competitors within the region. Moving over to the OSTS scheme will allow us retain the quality and rigour of the UK scheme whilst the shorter duration training modules will help us operationally and logistically when programming courses for scaffolders who are working all over the world and are often away for considerable periods of time.”

Cape’s commitment to CISRS is reflected in the high quality of their training facility: A purpose built steel structure was introduced in 2013 in order to accommodate Advanced Scaffold exercises such as Suspended Scaffolds Cantilever Drops etc. and all of the theory tests within the CISRS courses are completed on line with computers and work stations available for each delegate.

During the recent CISRS audit visit, Cape also gained accreditation to run the Advanced Scaffold Inspection Training Scheme (SITS) courses with their Instructional staff Orlando Driz and Pedro Andres Jnr attending the first course. The Centre and Staff at Cape Asia Academy continue to move onwards and upwards.

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.

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NASC 2014 Safety Report Launch

NASC 2014 Safety Report Launch

The NASC has launched its 2014 Safety Report which documents the statistics for scaffolding accidents for all (201) NASC full contracting member companies in 2013, covering some 13,749 operatives (estimated to be around 75% of the UK’s total scaffolding operatives).

The report is being distributed from the NASC stand at the UK’s largest health and safety event, the S&H Expo at London ExCeL, from June 17-19. The report is also available for download from www.nasc.org.uk/safety_reports and hard copies are being sent out to all NASC full and information members and construction industry contacts.

All NASC full contracting members are required to submit a completed annual accident return form as part of the NASC membership criteria. The NASC Safety Report is based on data generated by this exercise:

  • Injuries and fatalities to operatives, members of the public and third parties
  • Accident causes and types
  • Detailed analysis of accidents
  • Comparison of HSE/NASC accident statistics
  • What the NASC does to support safe scaffolding practice

In line with current HSE reporting procedures, the 2014 Safety Report now reports on 7 day incidents only. As such, the 2014 report appears to show a marked reduction in incidents, when compared with 3 day reporting, as detailed in the 2013 Safety Report, and previous years.

There were no fatalities to operatives in 2013, although 30 major injuries were reported, and the total number of 7-day injuries was 66.  The 2014 NASC Safety Report showed that there were 15 falls from height in 2013, with the highest reported fall being from 5m. Six reported falls were from scaffolds or working platforms, five of which were from under 4m, with one fall at 4m or above.

The report also highlights that slips, trips and falls (STF) on the same level were the major cause of accidents in 2013, followed by manual handling, falls from height, and falls of materials. This is the tenth consecutive year that STF accidents have been the major cause of injury, amounting to nearly 43% of all injuries reported.

Manual handling injuries have increased from 9 in 2012 to 17 in 2013, which is an increase of nearly 89%. The NASC is keen to reduce this trend, in line with its guidance ‘SG6:10 Manual Handling In the Scaffolding Industry’ and associated publications ‘SG6 training DVD’ & ‘SG6 User Guide’ (both published by NASC in 2013).

When incident and accident figures are analysed by grade of operative, scaffolders suffered the largest number of accidents across all age ranges, totalling 46 (48%). This was followed by trainees 22, labourers 14, advanced scaffolders 7, supervisors 1, drivers 3 and managers 3.

The NASC has identified an increase in the number of 7 day incidents involving trainees in 2013. This is currently under investigation by the NASC Health & Safety Committee.

The highest number of accidents occurred in the 21-30 age group (42%), followed by the 31- 40 age group (18%) which means that these two groups accounted for nearly 60% of all accidents.

Overall the most common injury was a fracture of the hand, fingers and wrists(13%), followed by a fracture of the feet, toes & ankles (10%), sprain to the feet, toes & ankles (8%) and strain to the back.

NASC President, Kevin Ward said: “It is without doubt welcome news that the long term trend of NASC member companies in terms of standards of safety performance continues to show improvement. This fact backed up by data collated in the NASC annual safety reports is the overriding factor that translates to the coalface, resulting in year on year reductions in not only minor & major accidents but also unnecessary fatalities of scaffolder operatives, third party labour utilising scaffolding structures, and other parties such as members of the public who can also be affected by the activities of scaffolding contractors.”

Adrian Rooney, Chairman of the NASC Health and Safety Committee, said: “The NASC Safety Report shows yet again that the efforts and commitment shown by its member companies, and above all those who work on NASC committees and groups to produce safety guidance, training and associated literature, are succeeding.

“We have, once again, seen a fall in overall figures for accidents/incidents, despite an increase in the number of operatives. But most heartening is the correlation between member figures and those for our industry as a whole, which shows that NASC members continue to outperform the industry.

“The NASC Health and Safety Committee works tirelessly to produce best practice guidance for the industry which is accepted as a major contribution towards making our industry safer for all.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “Once again, the annual NASC Safety Report has revealed interesting and positive statistics and provided engaging analysis, which can be used to help raise standards and levels of safety in the scaffolding and access industry. The rise in manual handling injuries and injuries to trainees is being looked at closely, and we will be encouraging members to work towards reducing these figures immediately.”

To obtain a digital PDF copy of the NASC 2014 Safety Report please visit www.nasc.org.uk/safety_reports or contact NASC directly for a hard copy. And to obtain 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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NASC Launches New Information Member Logo

NASC Launches New Information Member Logo

The NASC has launched a brand new logo for the expanding ‘Information Member’ section of its membership, designed to differentiate between information only and full member companies.

The new NASC ‘away strip’ logo is predominantly red, with a blue stripe, and incorporates the words ‘NASC Information Membership’ in white lettering. The logo has been created to serve a growing interest from companies wishing to join the NASC as information members, a group which now exceeds 40 businesses. Scaffold contracting organisations are not eligible for NASC information membership.

Applications are welcomed from trading organisations which fit the description of ‘service providers to the UK access and scaffolding industry’ and are subject to NASC approval. NASC information members include training providers, scaffold designers, health and safety consultants, insurance, and providers of security and contractual expertise.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “With the growing number of companies applying for information membership status, we felt the time was right to give the group their own bespoke NASC logo, to showcase their membership and to make clear the distinction between full and information members.

“Pick-up and use of the new logo and feedback from the membership has been very positive, and we hope that the new logo will raise awareness of this strand of membership and encourage further applications.”

Use of the new logo is restricted to NASC information members only and the confederation has issued clear guidance regarding use of the logo within corporate literature and company regalia.

To find out more about the NASC or becoming an NASC Information Member or a Full Member company, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC to exhibit at Safety & Health Expo at ExCel June 17-19

NASC to exhibit at Safety & Health Expo at ExCel June 17-19

The NASC will be exhibiting at trade stand V2350 at the forthcoming Safety & Health Expo at London’s ExCel. The show runs from June 17-19 and is the UK’s largest health & safety event. The intention is to promote the work of the NASC and the scaffolding industry training organisation CISRS to the construction and health and safety industries.

NASC will be actively promoting the launch of its innovative new TG20:13 tube and fitting technical guidance at the show, and will be giving live demonstrations of the TG20:13 eGuide in both PC/laptop format, and in the new Android App version, which provides a mobile, digital good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding.

The new eGuide App is compatible with all Google Android platform devices and can be used offline, making it ideal for remote site work away from 4G, 3G or Wifi services. TG20:13 reports such as TG20:13 compliance sheets can be generated by the Android app, and can be quickly and easily shared to the cloud via popular applications such as Dropbox, ensuring colleagues and customers are kept fully up to date.

NASC staff and member representatives will be on hand with a range of NASC promotional literature, and will be showcasing a raft of new and revised safety guidance documents and associated publications, including the NASC 2014 Safety Report. The annual Safety Report will be fresh off the press for the event, and will demonstrate the benefits of using NASC member companies to the event audience.

The Safety & Health Expo is run exclusively with the support of IOSH, RoSPA and the BSIF and is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. Safety & Health Expo organisers say: “The Safety & Health Expo has established itself as the definitive UK industry event, consistently attracting health and safety decision makers from multiple sectors with responsibilities across the UK, Europe and international markets. It is designed to meet the needs of the UK and international health and safety industry.”

NASC MD, Robin James said: “A presence at this health & safety event has been extremely valuable for the NASC in the past. With so much new and revised safety and technical guidance available to the scaffolding industry and the wider construction sector, not to mention the new TG20:13 guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding and its associated eGuide App, NASC wanted to have a standalone presence at the event, to demonstrate to the health and safety industry what we are doing as the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “CISRS is constantly engaged in producing and refining new and existing scaffolding training courses. This event gives CISRS an opportunity to tell the industry what we are doing to improve the standards of scaffolding training in the UK. We are very pleased to have a presence at this leading health and safety event with NASC, and hope that people will come and visit us over the three days.”

For 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. And for more information on CISRS, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk.

And to discover more about the Safety & Health Expo, June 17-19, or to book tickets please visit: www.safety-health-expo.co.uk

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NASC TG20:13 eGuide Android App Launch

NASC TG20:13 eGuide Android App Launch

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The NASC has launched a Google Android App version of its TG20:13 eGuide, which will provide a mobile, digital good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding. The new App, which is compatible with all Google Android platform devices, and was developed in conjunction with TG20:13 technical authors CADS, may be downloaded here along with user instructions.

Existing and prospective owners of the full suite of TG20:13 publications will have the option to install the eGuide onto a PC or a laptop, or install it onto their android device. When switching between devices the TG20:13 eGuide must be deregistered from one device prior to registration on another device.
The new eGuide App can be used offline, making it ideal for remote site work away from 4G, 3G or Wifi services. Any TG20:13 reports generated by the Android app can be quickly and easily shared to the cloud via popular applications such as Dropbox, ensuring colleagues and customers are kept fully up to date.

Development of the App has taken several months and will add a further dimension to the full suite of TG20:13 publications, which takes the form of two comprehensive A4 books (Design & Operational Guides), a pocket-sized User Guide, and the user-friendly innovative new software known as the TG20:13 e-Guide.

Terry Roberts of CADS said: “Scaffolders now have TG20:13 literally at their fingertips. TG20:13 has gone mobile. This is an example of the NASC delivering essential new guidance in a user friendly format to where it is needed most – on site.”

During the planning stages for the new TG20:13 guidance, the NASC recognised that a software-based version would help users and widen the reach of this important new guidance. So, hard on the heels of the initial PC release comes the new TG20:13 eGuide Android App for mobile devices, with all the functionality and features that have already proved so popular amongst users.

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “We’re very excited to have the Android App version of the TG20:13 eGuide available to download. It will be a massive help to our 200+ contracting members and to the wider construction sector as a whole, and will help to raise industry standards.

“The aim of the TG20:13 eGuide App is to widen the reach of this new technical guidance, allowing more users to operate the innovative TG20:13 eGuide on site, assisting with speedy generation of TG20:13 compliance sheets, and helping to make scaffolding sites safer and compliant across the UK.”

For further details, including the TG20:13 pricing structure, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13, or contact NASC directly. To obtain details about becoming an NASC member or to find out more about NASC, the trade body for the UK scaffolding sector, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.