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CISRS Approves New Training Centre In The North East: AIS

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CISRS Approves New Training Centre In The North East: AIS


CISRS has just granted training provider accreditation to a prestigious industry training centre in the North East – AIS Training in North Shields, part of the Advanced Industrial Solutions group.

The state-of-the-art training village, conveniently located off the A19, in Tyne & Wear and offering 200,000 square foot of first rate training facilities, an on-site hotel and restaurant, is accredited for Part 1 Tube & Fitting Scaffolding and CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) courses, with Basic Scaffold Inspection Training to follow soon.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said: “AIS has a very impressive set-up and rich history in training off-shore and other sectors. They have responded really well to the strict criteria and demands it takes to be a CISRS approved training provider and we are very pleased to have them on board.”

Part 1 and COTS scaffold training courses got underway at AIS in February and the centre is taking bookings for the courses now via their website at:

David John Adams, Lead Scaffold Instructor at AIS Training said: “We are delighted to have been awarded approval to deliver CISRS courses at our world-class training village in Newcastle, which will help make construction and work sites a safer place. Scaffolding is a crucial, highly sought-after skill and CISRS is widely acknowledged as the best industry standard available. We are anticipating high-demand for places.

“This is the latest course to be added to our comprehensive portfolio of 175 industry-approved qualifications for the construction, oil and gas, wind and maritime sectors. It will be delivered from our brand new multi-million pound training centre of excellence for the construction sector, which offers state-of-the-art facilities and a world-class learning experience.”

Information on AIS can be found here. And specific CISRS course information here. Or you can contact AIS Training on 0844 800 1810 or email

For a full a list of approved training providers, further details about CISRS card 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 or email

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NASC Members GKR Scaffolding Win CN Specialist Award

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NASC Members GKR Scaffolding Win CN Specialist Award

NASC member company GKR Scaffolding Ltd last night won the coveted Access and Scaffolding ‘Specialist of the Year’ award at the illustrious Construction News (CN) Specialist Awards 2016 – against some of the UK’s top scaffolding contractors, including two other NASC member companies.

London-based GKR Scaffolding have just celebrated 21-years in business and have recently created their own in-house GKR Academy. The academy gives employment training opportunities for scaffolding labourers and operatives to progress to management positions within the firm. And the NASC scaffolding contractors have also just celebrated 500,000+ hours without incurring a RIDDOR incident – proving their track record in health and safety.

GKR Scaffolding submitted a CN Specialist Awards application in the access and scaffolding specialist contractor category, focusing on their work on iconic London projects, like the complex and high risk, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, run by principal contractor Sir Robert McAlpine – London’s first billion pound construction job.

Speaking about the Bloomberg project, GKR Scaffolding Ltd Director, Lee Rowswell said: “We were appointed early to try and unlock the project and solve workable solutions to the client’s demanding ideas. One of the many challenges was to construct a hoist run-off tower that could be moved at any-time to enable the stone cladding to progress on the external façade of the building.

“And as Bloomberg is to be clad in stone and bronze and the bronze is not repairable, GKR made the decision to use a fully tethered system on all scaffolds on the project – giving our client the reassurance that nothing could ever damage the bronze.”

Other key GKR Scaffolding Bloomberg project statistics included:

* 178,836 Man Hours without RIDDOR or Minor Injury

* 3,836 tonnes of scaffold materials on site

* 1,206 aluminium beams to the base of the scenic lift shafts

* 256 deliveries to site with materials out of hours to avoid congestion within the City of London.

Lee and Neil Rowswell, GKR Scaffolding Ltd Directors stated: “It’s a great honour to win this award, which is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone who works at GKR. We would not have been able to achieve this without the engagement of our workforce and their commitment to drive health and safety performance and deliver high standards throughout all stages of the project.

“In the year GKR Scaffolding Limited is celebrating 21 years of excellence in scaffolding, we have been trusted again by our clients to deliver safe, innovative scaffold solutions on time and budget. This award has recognised this achievement and more specifically the work we have been doing with the GKR Academy, our health & safety performance and high rise work.”

In addition to GKR’s Access and Scaffolding category win, two other NASC members, St Helens Plant & Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding were shortlisted for the award, with Penzance-based Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding coming in “Highly Commended” runners-up, for their sliding temporary roof work on Lloyds Bank in Bristol and Penzance. And the Cornish company were also nominated for Apprentice of the Year (Dean Fry) and Project of the Year.

NASC MD, Robin James added: “We’d like to congratulate GKR Scaffolding Ltd on winning this coveted award, which has, more often than not, historically gone to NASC members. The London firm set themselves very high standards and work on some fantastic high rise projects in the city and beyond. They are worthy winners of the award.

“A special mention must also be made to past winners of the award, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding, who were ‘Highly Commended’ again, and to St Helens Plant for their nomination. It’s fabulous to see so much support for the work of our contracting and supplier members from the industry and leading construction press. Awards and nominations like this for our confederation members only serve to strengthen our position as the national trade body for the scaffolding and access sector.”

The prestigious awards ceremony – billed by top construction media title, Construction News as “Celebrating the very best specialist contractors in the UK” – took place on the 24th February at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.

A Construction News spokesperson said: “We’d like to say congratulations to all our winners and finalists who have made the cut from a bumper crop of excellent entries and to thank all of the companies that took part this year.“

Results from this media industry event have been shared on the NASC’s Twitter feed (@NASCscaffolding), and will be posted on the CN website here and on the CN Specialist Awards website ( And more information can be found online here.

For details about becoming an NASC member, or to find out more about latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit or email: Or for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit:


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NASC Donation to Lighthouse Charity

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NASC Donation to Lighthouse Charity

The NASC has made a £2,700 donation to The Lighthouse Club ‘Construction Industry Charity.’

The money was raised for the charity which has delivered welfare and support to the construction community since 1956 from NASC supplier members’ contributions made towards the NASC 2015 Annual Ball tombola in Leeds, November 2015. And the substantial donation (over £1,000) now bestowed the NASC with the club’s “Charity Champions” status.

The construction charity cause is a particular favourite of new NASC Vice President, Des Moore, CEO of TRAD Scaffolding Group. He said: “The Lighthouse Club is the UK’s leading construction charity and we are only too happy to contribute to support this worthy cause, in our capacity as as the UK trade body for access and scaffolding. The charity does great work for the whole construction industry – not only in supporting those working within the sector and providing education to enhance people’s careers, but also to help make construction a safer industry, which is at the very core of what the NASC does.”

And NASC President Alan Lilley added: “It’s great to see NASC members being so generous with their donations to fabulous charitable organisations, like this one to the Lighthouse Club, which is all part of our wider corporate responsibility programme within the confederation. And we are thrilled to have been granted “Charity Champions” status by the organisation.”

Mandy Mallitt of the Lighthouse Club said: “This amazing amount will make such a difference to those families that come to us in their time of need, it really is very much appreciated.”

The Lighthouse Club exists to:

  • Provide… financial assistance, welfare and wellbeing advice and emotional and legal support to the construction community to relieve hardship and stress.
  • Promote… initiatives aimed at avoiding accidents and improving safety on construction sites.
  • Support… educational initiatives aimed at improving employment conditions and career opportunities within the construction industry.
  • Support and deliver… local and national events that embrace networking, fundraising and fellowship within the construction industry.

More details can be found on the club on their website here (

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 or email: Or for further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit or email

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NASC Launches New Website

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NASC Launches New Website

The NASC has launched a new website – – offering a radical new look, modern desktop and mobile optimised functionality, user-friendly online shop, integrated social media and news feeds, and a plethora of scaffolding and access information.

This large scale website re-development project – which has been ongoing for six months and has been managed by NASC’s Membership and Communications Manager, Jamie McGuire – has been steered by London-based website development and creative agency, Deep. Their team of website developers, designers and coders were charged by NASC with ‘simplifying the user experience, engaging users with diverse, accessible content, maximising the impact of the NASC’s busy social media platforms, driving traffic to a re-vamped online store and creating a new-look, engaging, high functionality and mobile optimised website, to suit modern user habits.’

The new website features simplified and enhanced access to the NASC online shop – with clearly labelled member and non-member pricing structures for the NASC’s Safety and Technical guidance, and colour coded navigation. There is also separate, easy to find expanded sections for core technical and safety guidance (TG & SG), like TG20:13 (‘Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’) and SG4:15 (‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.’)

In addition, there is a whole new membership section – to reflect the current NASC President, Alan Lilley’s desire to boost SME’s to join the organisation. And the site also includes a fully-loaded member’s area – with access for Full, Non-Contracting and Information Only members.

Further information sections have been added to the new site, offering quick access to the NASC’s Product Code of Practice, NASC Yearbook, Annual Safety Reports, video guidance, media libraries, FAQs, useful links and scaffolding training sections. And the menu systems – on both desktop and mobile (phone and tablet) versions – are simple and easy to navigate, with a large, moving home page slider offering quick links to key areas.

The new website also now hosts a news and social media hub – accessed primarily from the home page, but also via the simple header and footer menus – allowing users to keep up to speed with the latest NASC updates, with a busy news section and constantly-updated social media platform.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “It’s important to make sure we move with the times as the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – so that industry-leading safety and technical guidance is as accessible and visible as possible.

“Undertaking a full re-build of the website and online shop is no small task and we’d like to thank the agency, Deep for their hard work in creating something special and accurate to the brief. We are confident that members, non-members, the  media, the construction industry and the public will benefit from the new website.”

NASC Marketing Manager, Phil Royle said: “The driving force of the project was to modernise the out-going website, make the online shop more visible and user-friendly, carry across a wealth of important safety and technical guidance and create more brand awareness – assisting in our mission to encourage membership sign-ups and the continued growth of the organisation.

“We are thrilled with the result. The new website better reflects our brand values and position within the construction industry, whilst offering users a richer, simpler and mobile-optimised user experience – perfect for the times we live in. It’s loaded with great content, industry news, up to date scaffolding guidance and vibrant social media. We’d encourage everyone to check it out.”

Discover the new website at:, where you will find details about becoming an NASC member, more about the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, details on the TG20:13 full suite the online shop, active news and social media and much more.

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CISRS Supervisors & Managers Refresher Course Goes Live

Time For Supervisors To Step Up

CISRS Supervisors & Managers Refresher Course Goes Live

From the 1st March 2016 anyone wishing to renew their CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor/Manager card will be required to complete the newly developed refresher/CPD course.

The course has been developed for CISRS by Rick Statham Managing Director of Safety and Access Ltd. Following the recent successful completion of a Pilot course which was attended by scaffolding Supervisors from IBN Scaffold Access Ltd (Barnsley), High Peak Scaffolding Ltd (Buxton), CISRS Lead Instructors Tony Barry (NCC Midlands), Stuart Hemmings (WATA), Rob Nichols (Safety and Access) plus CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley, all of whom are due to renew their CISRS Supervisor/Managers cards in 2016.

Rick Statham (Safety and Access) said: “There was a really good mix of delegates attending the pilot course which made for some interesting debate and produced some suggested tweaks to the course content which have since been incorporated.”

The introduction of the refresher/CPD course for Supervisors which is in addition to the work carried out by the CISRS Standardisation working party is the first step in an initiative to introduce this type of programme for the whole of the CISRS scheme. Both HSE and the wider industry are great supporters of CISRS but had requested that they gave consideration to CPD which would reflect what a lot of other industry recognised qualifications require.

The programme would be two days in duration and will cover the following areas:

Health & Safety

Legal Overview – Health & Safety Law

Health and Safety Management

HSE ACOPs and Guidance

Performance Standards

British and European Standards

NASC Safety and Technical Guidance

TG20:13 & SG4:15 appreciation

Asbestos Awareness

Supervisory Skills

Planning and Organisation

Materials and Logistics

Competence and Allocation of Duties

Effective Supervision

Statutory Scaffold Inspections and Inspection Practices

Behavioural Safety overview

Effective Communication (including basic presentation skills, briefings and Toolbox talks)

Risk Assessment & Method Statement        

Delegates are required to complete RAMS for several case studies.

Delegates will be required to successfully complete a written test, several case study projects, and deliver a toolbox talk all of which will contribute to their overall pass/fail assessment criteria.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley (CISRS) said: “CISRS Supervisor/Manager’s cards are recognised by Build UK and the wider industry, however Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) and Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) courses are often favoured by clients when requesting Supervisory training for those working on their sites. CISRS feel that as their course covers all the generic topics covered in the the SSSTS/SMSTS courses but is delivered with a trade specific slant that CISRS courses have more value and relevance to those working in the scaffolding sector. We are currently considering allowing those working full time within the sector who already hold SSSTS or SMSTS the opportunity of attending the new CISRS Supervisor/Manager CPD course and making them eligible to apply for a CISRS Supervisor card.”

Course materials will be passed onto to the approved providers imminently in order to be ready for the 1st March launch date.

For further details about the Scaffolding Supervisor Refresher course, other CISRS card courses, training changes following the introduction of TG20:13 and SG4:15, information and dates on courses available, a list of approved training providers, or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email