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NASC & CISRS Success at The Health & Safety Event, NEC, March 22-24

NASC & CISRS Success at The Health & Safety Event, NEC, March 22-24

The NASC and CISRS shared a successful stand at last week’s The Health & Safety Event – aka ‘Three days to save a life’ – at the NEC in Birmingham (March 22nd-24th).

Their trade stand #C66, directly opposite the main conference theatre attracted hundreds of visits from health and safety professionals, scaffolding contracting and manufacturing firms (members and non-members), as well as representatives from local authorities and main contractors. And almost 1,000 NASC/CISRS eco bags, filled with key publications and marketing material were handed out to some of the 6,000 exhibition delegates – widening the reach of both organisations to industry experts.

Fresh from the printers, the NASC’s 2016 Safety Report was incredibly well received – reiterating the message that NASC audited and regulated member companies are responsible for diminishing accident and injury statistics and recorded zero fatalities again in 2015.

And there was great interest in the NASC’s recently unveiled core Safety Guidance, SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ along with continued enquiries for the NASC’s innovative TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guide for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’ Technical Guidance.

In addition, NASC staff fielded questions on recent changes to the NASC membership subscription rate (introducing a lower threshold of £995+ VAT for companies with a sub-£1M turnover), and there were enquiries about the newly re-launched, mobile-optimised NASC and CISRS websites, amongst other matters.

As ever at these events, the CISRS scheme, course standardisation process, new two-day scaffolding supervisor refresher training course, System Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) and Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) attracted many enquiries from delegates – confirming the scheme’s success.

The striking centre-piece of the NASC and CISRS 12-metre stand was a free-standing scaffold tower – unmissable across the exhibition hall – constructed by Birmingham-based NASC Full Contracting member company, Scaffold Erection Services Ltd, who built the structure from Haki system scaffold product (Haki Ltd are NASC Hire, Sales & manufacturing members).

In addition to exhibiting, the NASC and CISRS were represented at the event’s main conference theatre on day two by Rick Statham, joint MD of Safety & Access Ltd (CISRS training providers in Nottingham and Lincolnshire) – who took part in a successful panel debate on ‘construction competence’ chaired by Neal Stone, Policy and Standards Director of the British Safety Council.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “By all accounts, this event has been the most successful and far reaching exhibition in recent years. The level of enquiries about what NASC does to improve safety and working standards within the scaffolding and work at height industries has been second to none. And we’d like to thank members Scaffold Erection Services Ltd and Haki Ltd for providing the free-standing scaffold tower for the event stand, which attracted a lot of attention.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “This event has provided a fantastic opportunity to promote many of the positive things currently happening within scaffolding training. It was particularly pleasing to have the accredited training providers and CISRS scheme represented in the conference panel debate by Rick Statham of Safety & Access Ltd. We’d like to thank him for his time and expertise, which were very well received.”

Health & Safety Events (run by Western Business Publishing, WPB) were first launched in 2007 and have expanded rapidly with support from the industry’s leading stakeholders, such as the British Safety Council. The event organisers say: “The Health & Safety Event provides the perfect networking and educational opportunity to anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace, anywhere in the UK. Each event brings together the very best of the UK health & safety industry at a 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.”

Due to the unprecedented success of this 2016 NEC event, NASC and CISRS will be attending next year’s NEC event, on Stand H32, March 21-23. 2017 And they will also be exhibiting at the ‘Scotland Works’ event run by WBP, held at Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow on May 3-4 2017.

For 2016, the NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting later this summer at the Safety & Health Expo at ExCeL London UK, June 21-23 on stand S1850.

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 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 Member and CISRS Training Provider LTC Group87 Ltd Support National Apprentice Week Event in Plymouth

NASC Member and CISRS Training Provider LTC Group87 Ltd Support National Apprentice Week Event in Plymouth

NASC member and CISRS training provider LTC Group87 Ltd has been supporting National Apprentice Week (March 14-21) – taking part in an employment event aimed at attracting construction apprentices and “bringing all the available apprenticeship and employment opportunities to the young people of Plymouth.”

The inaugural ‘Building Plymouth Apprenticeship Fair’ was held at Plymouth’s Council House on March 12th. Major construction industry employers, contractors and training bodies including BAM Construction, Kier Living, Morgan Sindall, CITB and Plymouth Construction Training Group, along with representatives LTC were on hand to talk to youngsters (mainly 15-21 year-olds) about construction careers, including becoming a scaffold apprentice.

The LTC team of Harvey Smith and Lead Scaffolding Instructor Neil Gray handed out CISRS General Information booklets, NASC Yearbooks, along with their own promotional material to those attending the event and offered advice on getting started in a career in the scaffolding industry, via the CISRS training scheme. As a qualified CISRS Advanced Scaffolder and trainer Neil has first hand experience of this.

LTC attended the event to advertise the NASC member company’s growing need for apprentice and CISRS trainee scaffolders in the region. Neil said: “With continued strong growth over the years, LTC have seen a clear shortage of candidates coming into their industry and realise that if no action is taken then there may be a crisis looming. As the largest employer of scaffolders in the area, we feel it is our duty and responsibility to advertise the benefits and life long career opportunities the scaffolding industry can offer.”

As Plymouth Argyle football club shirt sponsors, LTC also donated a signed home shirt to the event as a prize draw and have arranged for an Argyle player to present the shirt to the winner in due course.

LTC’s Managing Director, Mike Burr said: “For years we have been involved with careers events including visiting schools, open days and trade fairs but predominately it has been an LTC initiative. However this time, it was great to team up with Building Plymouth and be part of a more expansive careers event. We will continue to be involved in similar events to ensure the scaffold industry in this area has a bright future. We will be interviewing several potential candidates this week – as a direct result of the event and will offer the successful candidates apprenticeships with our company.”

NASC Training and CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley added: “Scaffolding is a great career choice, it’s safe and can be financially rewarding. It also provides a great platform for a person to move into other types of work such as project management, Scaffold Inspection, Design, Health and Safety or Training should they wish to. Well done to LTC for flying the flag for the sector.

For a full list of CISRS approved training providers, further details about CISRS Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced Scaffolding courses, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

And to obtain details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC, the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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CISRS Training Providers & NASC Members Back National Apprentice Week Open Day Event

CISRS Training Providers & NASC Members Back National Apprentice Week Open Day Event

CISRS training provider and NASC Members, Generation Training Services in partnership with fellow NASC member, Complete Access Scaffolding Ltd (CASL) are supporting National Apprentice Week (March 14-21), with an event aimed at promoting scaffolding apprenticeships and the construction industry as a safe and rewarding career option.

The Apprenticeship Open Day aimed at 15-21 year-olds in the Yorkshire region is being held at Castleford Tigers Rugby Ground, Wheldon Road on Saturday 19th March, 10am-3pm.

The open doors event will give young people a chance to see what exciting opportunities are on offer in the world of scaffolding and construction. Generation Training and CASL will be at the event to offer advice but also to give a practical demonstration of how to erect a very basic scaffold structure. Visitors to the Open day will have an opportunity, under supervision and whilst wearing suitable PPE to actually assist in constructing the scaffold. For the less adventurous there is also a miniature structure on hand which highlights the basic principles of scaffolding erection and they will be invited to see if they can create a ‘tube cube’ using plastic tubes and cable ties.

In addition, there will be:

  • Inspirational guest speakers from the world of rugby league, with experience in the construction industry.
  • Exhibition Stands run by local employers, giving a real insight to the construction industry.
  • Opportunities to meet and talk with construction industry experts, current apprentices and local employers.
  • Practical activities that give insight to the industry.
  • Prize Draw with Castleford Tigers merchandise and tickets amongst the prizes.

 
An Apprenticeship Open Day spokesman said: “This is a real chance for youngsters starting out to learn about the vast opportunities that the construction and scaffolding industries have to offer. There are lots of potential career paths with something to suit everyone. We’ll have industry experts from a variety of local companies, able to answer any questions and tell people how they can get started on the career ladder”

NASC Training and CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said: We are really pleased to see CISRS training provider Generation Training Services and NASC member company, Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd getting behind National Apprenticeship Week. Rugby League is obviously very popular in the region and we think it’s a great idea to involve Castleford Tigers in this type of career events. We wish all those involved every success and would urge anyone who may be interested to get along and see what a great career choice scaffolding is.”

For a full list of CISRS approved training providers, further details about CISRS Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced Scaffolding courses, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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CISRS Approves First Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) Training Centre In Africa

CISRS Approves First Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) Training Centre In Africa

CISRS has just granted training provider accreditation to the first CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) training centre in Africa – set up by Simian Skills and Falck Prime Atlantic in Nigeria.

Falck Safety Services (trading under the Falck Group of Companies), is the world’s largest provider of safety training for the offshore industry. Each year, they provide safety training to more than 320,000 employees from shipping companies, military defence units, the aviation industry and the oil industry – and now CISRS OSTS scaffolding in Nigeria.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley has just returned from auditing the newly accredited centre in Ipara Ogun State, Nigeria – the culmination of nearly three years of discussions between CISRS and the training providers.

The creation of the first CISRS OSTS training centre in Africa began in 2013, when Simian Risk first spotted the demand for a recognised qualification via international oil companies and the Department of Petroleum regulators in Nigeria. Simian had received many enquiries from African-based companies and individuals wanting to come to the UK and Dubai to undertake CISRS courses.

Simian contacted CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley who worked closely with them, advising Falck of what would be required in order to comply with CISRS scheme rules.

Simian Directors Simon Hughes and Ian Fyall visited Nigeria and made several presentations to petrochemical leaders, Exxon, Total, Shell and The Lagos state safety commission, in order to gauge industry support of CISRS should a local centre gain accreditation.

Based upon the positive response received, two containers of scaffold training material left the UK for Lagos in order to stock the training centre, which is situated between Lagos on the coast and Ibadan inland, in Southern Nigeria.

The three parties then met at Simian’s training centre in Warrington to discuss moving this project forward and to consider centre design, dimensions, instructors, facility security etc. Construction of the facility began in the autumn of 2015 and was completed in time for a successful accreditation audit visit in February 2016.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said: “CISRS are very pleased to be working with Simian Skills and Falck Prime Atlantic on this historic project and proud to have granted accreditation to the first training centre of its kind in Africa. It’s an excellent facility, and we wish them the greatest success and hope that it will improve the safety and standards of scaffolding within the region, whilst also offering a potential career opportunity to many Nigerians for years to come.”

The first CISRS OSTS Level 1 course has since been completed at the centre with all delegates passing the courses and now in the process of obtaining their CISRS OSTS cards. CISRS currently has around 4000 OSTS cardholders globally.

Whilst in Nigeria Mr Mosley and the centre staff gave presentations to several major client representatives including Shell, Total, Exxon, Agina, LSSC and DPR,  many of whom are set to train their scaffolders at the centre in the coming months.

Simian Risk Operations Director, Ian Fyall; said: “We are thrilled to be involved in the creation of the first OSTS training provider in Africa – which is absolutely superb and a real feather in the cap of Simian Risk, Falck Prime Atlantic and CISRS. It’s been a long process to get to this point, but we are immensely proud to have done this and are confident the centre will be a roaring success in the region – helping to drive up scaffolding standards.”

For more details on the Falck Prime Atlantic Nigerian centre, a full list of approved training providers, further details about CISRS OSTS courses, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC 2016 Safety Report Launch

NASC 2016 Safety Report Launch

The NASC is set to launch its 2016 Safety Report at the forthcoming ‘The Health & Safety Event’ industry event being held at the NEC, March 22-24.

The highly-regarded annual NASC Safety Report documents and analyses accident and injury statistics for all 199 NASC full contracting member companies in 2015 – covering 14,954 scaffolding operatives, which constitutes a major proportion of the UK’s total scaffolding workforce.

In addition to its launch on the NASC stand (C66) at The Health & Safety Event on March 22nd, the NASC 2016 Safety Report is also being circulated with Construction News in their April Work at Height issue, publishing April 29th.

And a digital PDF version will be available to view online here and hard copies of the report will be sent to all NASC Full Contracting member companies, Hire, Sales and Manufacturing members and Information members, as well as construction and health and safety industry professionals.

All 199 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 2016 Safety Report reports on seven day incidents only (as it is did in 2014 and 2015). As such, the latest report appears to show a marked reduction in incidents.

    Positively, figures included in the 2016 NASC Safety Report show another zero for fatal accidents within the membership, there were no reported falls from a scaffold/working platform where the fall was arrested by a lanyard/harness, and falls from scaffolds/working platforms showed a decrease of 44% in 2015 from 9 to 5 incidents, in addition falls from ladders also decreased.

    However, as per the trend of the previous 12 years, the major cause of injury to scaffolders during 2015 continues to be Slips, Trips and Falls (STF) on the same level, amounting to just over 34% of all injuries reported this year.

    The NASC Health and Safety Committee is committed to looking at ways of reducing the amount of slips, trips and falls – starting with the publication of a new Safety Guidance note later this year; SG32:16 ‘Management of Slips,Trips and Falls.’

    The report also states, as per previous years, that the highest number of accidents occurred in the 21- 30 age group = 42 (44%) and it was scaffolders reporting the greatest number of incidents (also at 44%) compared to other scaffold sector jobs, like labourers and managers.

    NASC President, Alan Lilley said: “The NASC continues to produce this most detailed and honest breakdown of the incidents that occur annually within the membership of the confederation. Safety professionals across the construction industry rush to analyse the detail, as do we: the information it contains is used to benchmark our members against the wider industry and to ensure that our safety and technical guidance remains good practice and fit for purpose within the scaffolding and access sectors.

    “The NASC members’ incident statistics over the years have seen dramatic reductions in major injury and fatalities – and this year sees many positive safety statistics again.

    “As ever, we must continue to strive for zero incidents throughout the scaffolding and access industry. And I am confident that through greater regulation on the part of the confederation future issues of this well received annual Safety Report will show further reductions in reported incidents within our membership.”

    NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “It’s pleasing to see that our members and their 15,000 scaffolding operatives – accounting for a significant share of the UK scaffolding workforce – have once again helped reduce accident and injury statistics across the sector.

    “By training staff properly and adhering to the latest industry regulations and Safety and Technical guidance – like SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ – the NASC membership is helping to make scaffolding and work at height as safe as possible.”

    To obtain a digital PDF copy of the NASC 2016 Safety Report please visit the new website Safety Report section here  (https://www.nasc.org.uk/information/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 national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

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NASC & CISRS set to exhibit at The Health & Safety Event, NEC, March 22-24

NASC & CISRS set to exhibit at The Health & Safety Event, NEC, March 22-24

The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at ‘The Health & Safety Event’ being held next month at the NEC in Birmingham from March 22nd-24th, on trade stand C66, right opposite the main conference theatre.

Both leading organisations will be actively promoting their work in the scaffolding and access sector to representatives of the construction and health and safety industries attending the event – billed as ‘three days to save a life – which is set to attract over 6,000 visitors over three days and boasts over 200 exhibitors and speeches from 45 industry professionals and over 48 conference and seminar sessions.

The striking centre-piece of the NASC and CISRS 12-metre stand will be a free-standing scaffold tower – unmissable across the exhibition hall – constructed by Birmingham-based NASC Full Contracting member company, Scaffold Erection Services Ltd, who will be building a free-standing tower from Haki system scaffold Product (Haki Ltd are NASC Hire, Sales & manufacturing members).

NASC & CISRS staff will be on-hand distributing the brand new 2016 NASC Safety Report – set to be launched at the event. And they will be handing out promotional material, answering enquiries about the UK access and scaffolding industry trade body and industry recognised scaffolders training scheme, whilst also showcasing:

  • Recent changes to the NASC membership subscription rate: Introducing a lower threshold of £995+ VAT for companies with a sub-£1M turnover.
  • The new President, Alan Lillley’s aims and objectives for the confederation in 2016 & 2017.
  • NASC’s recently revised and published core Safety Guidance, SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.’
  • The innovative TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guide for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’ Technical Guidance – with live demonstrations of the TG20:13 eGuide in both PC/laptop format, and in the mobile Android App version, which provides a mobile, digital good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding.
  • The newly re-launched, mobile-optimised NASC and CISRS websites.
  • Recent news and media press releases from both organisations.
  • CISRS course standardisation process, new two-day scaffolding supervisor refresher training course effective from March 1st and updates on the System Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) and Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS).

NASC MD, Robin James said: “Having previously exhibited successfully at Health & Safety North and Scotland events, we are looking forward to showcasing the work the NASC does to set the standard in scaffolding at this flagship, three-day event run by Western Business Exhibitions. The event promises to offer us the opportunity of reaching out to thousands of people in the construction, health and safety and other relevant sectors – helping us promote what NASC does to improve safety and working standards within the scaffolding and work at height industries.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “With over 55,000 UK CISRS card holders and over 3,500 overseas cards, CISRS is growing strongly and this event gives us another valuable opportunity to spread the word about the industry-accepted scaffolders card scheme, and promote the many positive things which are happening in the training sector.”

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. The event organisers say: “The Health & Safety Event provides the perfect networking and educational opportunity to anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace, anywhere in the UK. Each event brings together the very best of the UK health & safety industry at a 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 (http://www.healthandsafetyevents.co.uk/Home).

And 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 further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.