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NASC and CISRS Health and Safety Double Exhibition Success

NASC and CISRS Health and Safety Double Exhibition Success

NASC and CISRS had a week of double health and safety exhibition success this week – in Glasgow and in Birmingham.
North of the border, NASC staff launched the 2015 Safety Report to a packed Health and Safety Scotland event at the SECC in Glasgow, April 22-23. And in the Midlands, Simian Risk Management Ltd represented the NASC and CISRS at the Birmingham Health, Safety and Environment Association (BHSEA) and HSE ‘Looking Back – Moving Forward’ construction seminar event at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, April 22nd.

More than 3,000 delegates attended the Health & Safety Scotland event and seminars, held at Glasgow’s premier exhibition venue SECC. NASC staff were on hand to discuss scaffolding industry guidance, health and safety matters, and industry training.

The NASC and CISRS stand was dominated by a five metre tower, erected by NASC members Turner Access using their Turner OCTO® scaffolding system, which could be seen from anywhere in the event hall.

NASC staff conducted TG20:13 eGuide demonstrations to showcase good practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding, and distributed copies of the NASC 2015 Safety Report, the NASC 2015 Yearbook, and associated industry publications, including promotional material for both NASC and CISRS.
In addition, NASC staff promoted the launch of revised SG4 safety guidance later this year, as well as recently updated guidance on slips, trips and falls (still the No.1 cause of accidents and injury within the scaffolding sector) and also outlined the benefits of NASC membership.
CISRS representatives discussed the content of CISRS Scaffold Inspection Training (SITS) and CISRS Operative Training (COTS) courses, and explained changes to CISRS scaffolder training courses, following the launch of TG20:13.

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At the BHSEA ‘Looking Back – Moving Forward’ construction seminar event at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, Simian Risk Management Ltd represented NASC and CISRS at an event entitled ‘Construction Safety in the West Midlands 60 Years and counting.’

This was one of a series of free partnership events run by the industry for the industry, as part of the UK-wide Working Well Together (WWT) campaign. And this particular event coincided with 60 years of the Birmingham Health, Safety and Environment Association’s Construction Section; 40 years of HSE; and 16 years of WWT campaigning – all aimed at promoting greater awareness of health and safety in construction, particularly in small and medium enterprises.

Dave Randles CMIOSH MIIRSM, Simian Risk’s Safety Director/Principal Consultant said: “The day was very well-attended and the stand generated a fair amount of interest – most of which related to the interpretation of NASC guidance. The majority of delegates with a scaffolding interest who visited the stand were aware of TG20:13 and were generally positive in their appraisal of it. I think these WWT days are definitely worthwhile; so much so, that I will be seeing that Simian make a more concerted effort to attend more of these events in future.”

Adrian Rooney, Chairman of the NASC Health and Safety Committee said: “NASC were pleased to attend and exhibit at the HSE led seminar on discussing and understanding recent updates to the CDM Regs (now 2015). The event was organised with the help of BHSEA, and marked the 60th year of their involvement in construction safety. The event was extremely well-attended, with delegates from all sectors of the construction industry and exhibitors ranging from PPE to plant suppliers right through to national trade bodies like the NASC.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “Participation in events like these is a vital part of spreading the NASC message of scaffolding industry good practice and proper training, leading to a safer, better industry. It’s positive to hear that TG20:13 technical guidance, and forthcoming health and safety guidance such as SG4:15 are so well-received by the construction and health and safety industries, along with recent publications such as the NASC 2015 Yearbook and NASC 2015 Safety Report.”

To find out more about the NASC and for details about becoming a member please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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CISRS Close Part 1 Course Loophole

CISRS Close Part 1 Course Loophole

CISRS has announced that as of 1st September 2015 it will be a scheme requirement that anyone wishing to attend a CISRS Part 1 Scaffolding Training course must have held a valid CISRS Trainee Scaffolder or Labourer card for a minimum of six months.

Since the scheme began around 40 years ago, in order to be eligible to attend the Part 1 course a delegate must have had a minimum of six months on site experience as a as a Trainee Scaffolder or Labourer working under the direct supervision of a qualified scaffolder. They were not however requested to provide a copy of a valid CISRS card at this stage to demonstrate registration to the Scheme and help establish their time in the industry.

The on-going CISRS standardisation programme has helped to highlight this loophole. Around two years ago the CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) course was introduced for New Entrant Trainees and Labourers which allowed a lot of the essential generic health and safety, manual handling and component recognition type training to be delivered in the initial stages of an individual’s career within the sector.  Anyone applying for a CISRS Trainee or Labourer card after June 2013 was required to complete COTS training.

The Introduction of this course allowed the standardisation group to consider reducing time spent on those modules within the Part 1 programme in favour of more up to date industry guidance and best practice e.g. TG20:13, and introduction to Scaffold inspection etc. Although it was becoming an increasingly rare occurrence some delegates were still attending Part 1 courses without having completed COTS training or holding a CISRS Labourer or Trainee card. There have been instances where a delegate will claim to have had the relevant prior on site experience however upon attending the course it is apparent that this is not the case and they will subsequently fail the course.
As such it was agreed by CISRS and the Access and Scaffolding Industry Training Organisation (ASITO) that this loophole should be should be closed.

The new rule was initially going to be introduced with immediate effect but it was felt that industry should be given a short notice period to be made aware of the changes to the scheme. This would also accommodate those who had previously booked a Part 1 course prior to the announcement, it has since been confirmed that the rule will now be implemented from 1st September 2015.

Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said: “We think that this is a sensible change of scheme rules and is basically a case of housekeeping. The standardisation programme has highlighted a few minor anomalies within current scheme criteria and these are now being addressed.”

For further details about CISRS card courses, training changes following the introduction of TG20:13, information and dates on courses available, a list of approved training providers, or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC & CISRS Set To Exhibit At Health & Safety Scotland 22-23 April 2015

NASC & CISRS Set To Exhibit At Health & Safety Scotland 22-23 April 2015

The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Health & Safety Scotland event and seminar being held at Glasgow’s premier exhibition venue, SECC, on trade stand 174.

NASC will be using this event – which attracts 3,000+ construction and safety industry professionals from across Scotland and the UK – to launch the NASC 2015 Safety Report. The report summarises accident data with analysis from the confederation’s 200+ contractor member companies, and is highly regarded within the sector and the industry as a whole.

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In addition, NASC will be actively promoting the planned launch of SG4:15 safety guidance later this year, new safety guidance on slips, trips and falls (still the No.1 cause of accidents and injury within the scaffolding sector) and will be aiming to attract Scottish and Northern Irish scaffolding companies to consider the many benefits of joining the NASC.

NASC and CISRS staff will be on hand to discuss membership, auditing, NASC publications and scaffold inspection training, and will be available to answer queries from delegates.

The stand will also feature live demonstrations of the NASC’s innovative TG20:13 tube and fitting technical guidance eGuide, in both PC/laptop format and in mobile and tablet-friendly Android App versions. TG20:13 is now widely-accepted by principal contractors for use on sites across the UK.

The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) will be sharing stand 174 with the NASC, demonstrating the latest information on Scaffold Inspection Training (SITS) and CISRS Operative Training (COTS) scaffolding courses, along with information on changes to Part One, Part Two and Advanced scaffolding courses, following the launch of TG20:13 in February 2014. Copies of the current CISRS CAP609 General Information booklet will also be available, together with press releases to promote the work of the industry recognised scaffolding training scheme.

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NASC MD, Robin James said: “The confederation is hoping to kick on from successful exhibitions in 2014 at the S&H Expo at ExCeL London, and the Health and Safety North event in Bolton. There is a huge amount of interest in what the organisation is doing, especially in TG20:13. And we expect a similar interest in the NASC 2015 Safety Report, forthcoming SG4:15 safety guidance, and other new and revised NASC publications designed to promote scaffolding best practice. We are looking forward to going ‘north of the border’ in order to showcase the organisation to the thousands of visitors anticipated at this Glasgow-based event, and we look forward to attracting more Scottish and Northern Irish scaffolding contractors into membership.”

CISRS Scheme Manager and NASC Training Director, Dave Mosley added: “There was a great deal of interest in scaffolding training at the events in 2014, and we expect similarly high levels of interest in CISRS training in Scotland. The fact that the majority of scaffolding firms in Scotland use system scaffolding means that we anticipate plenty of interest in CISRS Systems Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) 2-day courses. We are very much looking forward to widening the reach of CISRS in April, in conjunction with NASC.”

Health & Safety Events were first launched in 2007 and have expanded rapidly with support from the industry’s leading stakeholders, such as the British Safety Council – who will be hosting a wide-ranging safety seminar over the two days, in a 384 seat auditorium within the confines of the event venue. The event was last held at the SECC in 2013.

Health and Safety Event organisers say: “The event brings together the very best of the UK health and safety industry at a superb, strategically-positioned venue. Combining ease of access for the visitor with affordability and measurable ROI for the exhibitor is what makes these events so popular.”

In order to attend this free event, loaded with trade stands and packed with free seminars, interested parties should pre-register for a pass here.

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit here. And for further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC 2015 Safety Report Launch

NASC 2015 Safety Report Launch

The NASC has launched its 2015 Safety Report – documenting accident statistics for all NASC full contracting member companies in 2014, covering 14,988 operatives, which constitutes a major proportion of the UK’s total scaffolding workforce.

The NASC 2015 Safety Report is being launched from the NASC & CISRS stand at the forthcoming Health and Safety Scotland event at the SECC in Glasgow, April 22-23. And it will also be circulated with Construction News in the first week of May, as well as being made available for download here. Hard copies of the report will be sent to all NASC full and information members and to construction industry contacts.

All 200+ NASC full contracting members are required to submit a completed annual accident return as a requirement of membership, and the NASC Safety Report is based on data generated by this exercise. It features:

  • 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 NASC 2015 Safety Report reports on seven day incidents only (as it is did in 2014). As such, the 2015 report appears to show a marked reduction in incidents, when compared with three day reporting, as detailed in the 2013 Safety Report and in previous years.

The 2015 NASC Safety Report shows another zero for fatal accidents within the membership. However, the total number of accidents reported by NASC members increased by 9% from 96 in 2013 to 105 in 2014. This corresponds to a 9% increase in the total number of member operatives, now up to 14,988.

The report also shows that there were 24 falls from height in 2014, with the highest reported fall being from 6m. Nine reported falls were from scaffolds or working platforms, of which were six from under 4m, with three falls at 4m or above, and seven falls were from ladders.

In 2014 the highest number of accidents occurred in the 21- 30 age group = 43 (41%) followed by the 41- 50 age group = 24 (23%). These two groups accounted for 64% of all accidents.

In age ranges 16 – 40, slips, trips and falls on the same level were the major cause of accidents (23), followed by falls from height (16), manual handling (13) and falls of materials (2).

In the 41+ age groups, slips, trips and falls on the same level (16) were also the major cause of accidents. These accidents follow a very similar pattern to those reported in the 2014 NASC Safety Report.

Slips, trips and falls on the same level totalled 39 incidents during 2014, which accounted for 37% of the total number of accidents recorded. These figures show a decrease of nearly 5% on the corresponding number of incidents reported in 2013.

When the figures are analysed by grade of operative, it was identified that scaffolders suffered the largest number of accidents across all age ranges. The NASC also identified a decrease in the number of incidents related to Trainees.

Further analysis shows that the most common injuries suffered by operatives were injuries to the Feet, Toes & Ankles, followed by injuries to the Hands, Fingers & Wrists. Injuries to the Back, Leg, Hip & Groin, Arm, Neck & Shoulder, Ribs, Chest & Stomach, Face, Head and multiple Injuries are also documented.

NASC President, Kevin Ward said: “The annual report continues to demonstrate to the wider industry the continued commitment of NASC members when it comes to dealing with all matters Health and Safety related. It is therefore no surprise that continuous positive performance is evident in this latest set of statistics. These hard facts help to underpin the professional status for NASC regulated member companies.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “Once again, the annual NASC Safety Report has delivered positive numbers for the confederation membership and has provided engaging analysis, which can be used to raise standards and levels of safety in the scaffolding and access industry. We will be encouraging members to continue to work towards reducing accident figures.
“In addition to the Safety Report, the NASC Health and Safety Committee has asked members about any aspects they would like considered in the current review of its core Health and Safety guidance, SG4. Work is under-way on the update, SG4:15, set to launch in the Autumn. And new Slips Trips and Falls guidance and other new and revised safety publications will launch in 2015.”

To obtain a digital PDF copy of the NASC 2015 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 scaffolding industry trade body, visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.