First CISRS OSTS Scaffolding Supervisor Course Completed
A dozen experienced scaffolders have completed the first CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) course delivered in Vietnam.
The operatives – comprising 11 men and one woman who have worked on sites throughout Asia – undertook the in-depth and information training at the AIS / Black Cat JSC Ltd CISRS-approved training centre in Vang Tau.
Thuyen Cao, Deputy Head of the Scaffold Department at Black Cat JSC Ltd, said: “It is great to see the introduction of an international scaffolding card scheme in Vietnam as this will bring scaffolding to new levels of safety and skills.”
Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, added: “It’s excellent that AIS and Black Cat are forging ahead with CISRS OSTS training in Vietnam. They have been training steadily since gaining their accreditation to deliver scaffolding courses, predominantly Level 1 scaffolder and Scaffold Inspection and it is very positive that they have now added the Supervisors course to their programme.
“It is also worthy of note that Ms Chi Le has become their 2nd female scaffold inspector in as many months. Well done to all concerned.”
NASC’S Scaffolding Safety Report Reveals On-Site Accidents Fell to Record Low
The number of accidents and injuries recorded by NASC members fell to an all-time low in 2017, with just 89 incidences occurring on-site throughout the year.
The figure was revealed in the NASC 2018 Safety Report, which documents and analyses accident and injury statistics for its full contracting members – representing more than 16,000 scaffolding operatives across the UK – in the previous calendar year.
For the fifth year running, the NASC is able to report a fatality-free year. The number of injuries and accidents in 2017 fell to a new low, continuing a decades-long general trend in ever-reducing incidences. This downward trend corresponds with long-standing efforts to improve health and safety and training in the scaffolding industry, one of the NASC’s core commitments.
The NASC Safety Report reveals there were just 17 major injuries recorded in 2017, down 37% from 27 in 2016, and 89 incidences in total, down from 96 in 2016.
There was also a 46% reduction in falls from height and 36% reduction in manual handling injuries year-on-year. Additionally, no members of the public were injured around NASC member scaffolds in 2017.
Des Moore, CEO of TRAD Group and NASC President, said: “The 2018 Safety Report shows how workplace accidents can be reduced through compliance with industry safety standards and adherence to NASC guidance.
“It is very encouraging to see that the number of accidents recorded by NASC members fell to a record low in 2017, continuing a long-established downward trend dating back many decades that corresponds with a gradual rise of awareness and implementation of on-site health and safety practices, which continues to this day.
“It is particularly pleasing to look at how far our members have come in just the past five years, with the number of reported incidents having fallen 34 per cent from the 2012 figure (134 to 89) and the incidence and frequency rates both down by more than 40 per cent.
“There is more work to be done, however. For the 13th consecutive year, slips, trips and falls on the same level was the most common cause of accident and injury – representing a third of all reported injuries. This type of incident can easily lead to serious injury or even fatality and as such is something we’ll continue to seek to address.”
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “The NASC is committed to driving up safety standards in access and scaffolding, and firmly believes in the need for accountability and transparency, which is why we go to such lengths to compile and publish the Safety Report each year.
“The data validates our wider efforts to help our members maintain the highest possible standards, enabling them to keep their contracted operatives safe on construction sites across the UK.”
NASC full contracting members are required to submit a detailed accident return as a requirement of membership. The NASC Safety Report is compiled from this data and includes:
Injuries and fatalities to operatives, third parties and members of the public
The NASC is proud to support the No Falls Foundation, a new charity dedicated exclusively to the work at height sector.
The new charity, launched at the Health & Safety Event, aims to have a positive influence on all those involved in work at height through the provision of education, research and support.
It has been backed by the 11 member organisations of the Access Industry Forum, which includes the NASC.
Ken Johnson, NASC Technical Advisor, said: “We are delighted to offer our support to the No Falls Foundation, a charity that mirrors our long-standing commitment to increasing safety in the construction industry.”
The NASC promoted the importance of working safely at height at the Health & Safety Event, held at the NEC, Birmingham, last week.
The NASC exhibited alongside its fellow Access Industry Forum members, giving advice and guidance to delegates throughout the three-day show.
Stephen Allen-Tidy, NASC Health and Safety Advisor, and Ken Johnson, NASC Technical Advisor, manned the NASC stand, while Ken and fellow NASC representative Simon Hughes also contributed to daily Working at Height & Preventing Falls Q&A sessions.
Allen-Tidy said: “It was really useful to engage with a wide range of health and safety professionals from across the construction industry, providing them with scaffolding and access safety and technical advice and answering any questions they may have.
“The show also gave us the opportunity to come together with the other bodies that form the Access Industry Forum to promote the wider message of ensuring working at height safely is always a primary consideration.”
NASC Bolsters Team Through Marketing Manager Appointment
The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation has strengthened its communications capabilities through the appointment of a new in-house marketing manager.
Simon Robinson brings a wealth of construction marketing and copywriting expertise to the NASC team, having previously held various marketing agency and news desk positions in his career.
In his new role as NASC Marketing Manager, Simon will work to strengthen ties and increase engagement with both NASC members and the wider construction industry.
The 34-year-old said: “I am delighted to join the NASC and am looking forward to developing and implementing a communications strategy that will help increase awareness of the Confederation’s primary objectives; to help our members grow safer businesses and contribute to a safer construction industry.”
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “I am pleased to welcome Simon to the team. Through his appointment we will be able engage more closely with our 250+ members and communicate more effectively with the wider scaffolding and construction industries.
“This will enable us to increase understanding and appreciation of a number of key messages, including the various benefits available directly to businesses through attaining NASC membership or indirectly through utilising the services of NASC members, as well as our ongoing commitment to raising and maintaining the highest standards for access and scaffolding throughout the UK and beyond.”
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