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HAKI Adds COTS Course to Training Programme

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HAKI Adds COTS Course to Training Programme

HAKI Ltd, an NASC full non-contracting member, has unveiled plans to deliver the one-day CISRS Operative Training Scheme (COTS) – a move that will help bring more scaffolders into the industry.

The system scaffolding and temporary access provider will run the COTS course, accredited by CISRS, at its Milton Keynes training centre from next month.

The course covers the basics of the industry and how to work safely with scaffolding and access equipment.

HAKI technician and trainer, Chris Partridge said: “The addition of the COTS course to our training portfolio is just another example of HAKI’s dedication to providing safe working conditions, by helping train scaffolders to high standards at an early stage of their career.

“It’s also great that we can help get more people working in the scaffolding industry by delivering entry-level courses, like COTS, too.”

Dave Mosley, CISRS Managing Director, added: “We are always looking to get more people into the sector. HAKI has an excellent facility in Milton Keynes and we are very pleased that they will now be utilising it to offer COTS training.”

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Join us at Temporary Works Seminar

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Join us at Temporary Works Seminar

The NASC and Temporary Works Forum (TWF) are co-hosting a free Temporary Works seminar in Birmingham next month.

The half-day event will cover a broad range of temporary works topics, with a particular focus on scaffolding, and is aimed at both contractors and clients.

Speakers include John Underwood, HSE Inspector, Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian Risk, Duncan Reed, Digital Construction Process Manager at Trimble Solutions Limited, and Robin James, NASC Managing Director.

Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, said: “The purpose of this seminar is to bring all interested parties together in one room to learn more about temporary works, particularly how we can all work more efficiently and collaboratively to ensure works are carried out as safely as possible and to the highest possible standards.

“We hope scaffolding contractors and anyone involved in the procurement and management of scaffolding contractors will join us in Birmingham for this informal half-day event.”

The Temporary Works seminar will take place at the Crowne Plaza NEC on Wednesday 26 June from 9am to 1pm. Spaces are limited.

For more information and to reserve your seat click here.


Seminar speakers

Robin James, Managing Director, NASC

Title: Raising safety standards in scaffolding

Synopsis: The NASC is the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK, established in 1945 with the aim of promoting high standards of safety within the industry. Nearly 80 years later, raising and maintaining safety standards remains at the heart of the NASC’s objectives – driving every activity it undertakes. How is the NASC continuing to raise safety standards in the industry in 2019?


Simon Hughes, Managing Director, Simian Risk

Title: TG20:13 – what it does and why it’s such a useful tool

Synopsis: Scaffolding in the context of Temporary Works and how TG20:13 fits into a BS 5975 management system.


John Underwood, Inspector, HSE

Title: You are not alone – scaffolding is an important part of the temporary works family

Synopsis: Temporary works don’t manage themselves do they? What does HSE expect to see when work is being planned and carried out?  And why is this important?


Duncan Reed, Digital Construction Process Manager, Trimble Solutions Limited

Title: Integrated Digital Temporary Works

Synopsis: Building Information Modelling (BIM) has long been seen as a design and construction process for permanent works. So what are the digital solutions for the temporary works industry? In this presentation Duncan will outline what’s available and why businesses should consider them.

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TG20 Software Updated

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TG20 Software Updated

All versions of the TG20:13 scaffolding design software have been automatically updated over the weekend.

Software experts CADS, who developed the eGuide for the NASC, have updated the wind factor location element following changes made by Google relating to its dynamic Google Maps.

Google announced at short notice that it will no longer support the browser that displays the map within the eGuide, a decision that would have caused the wind loading calculator to fail.

However, CADS has now replaced the dynamic map with a static replacement, ensuring that the software will continue to function without any loss of service.

Terry Roberts, Software Development Manager at CADS, said: “The only difference eGuide users will notice is that the pin that marks the location can no longer be dragged to a new location by holding down the mouse button. This means that the well-loved, user-friendly interface will remain largely unchanged.

“If users need to refine the location they can just click on the location they require on the map and the pin will jump to it.”

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New NASC Vice President Selected

David Brown

New NASC Vice President Selected

The NASC has selected its Contracts Committee Chairman to serve as its next Vice President.

David Brown of IBN Scaffold Access Ltd based in Barnsley and Manchester, was chosen by his fellow NASC Council members to succeed current NASC Vice President, Lynn Way.

Mr Brown has been a member of the NASC Contracts Committee since February 2012 and became chair of this committee, and as a result a member of NASC Council, in 2016.

He also represented the NASC on the Contractors Legal Group (CLG) for several years and now sits on the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Council on behalf of the NASC.

Mr Brown will take up his two-year tenure as Vice President on the same date that Mrs Way begins her Presidency – November 22 – the date of the NASC’s AGM, Ball & Awards. He will duly become NASC President himself from November 2021 to November 2023.

Speaking of his appointment, Mr Brown said: “I am delighted and humbled to have been selected as the next NASC Vice President. I look forward to working alongside the other NASC Officers and Directors to ensure the NASC continues to achieves its objectives.

“On a personal level, I am keen to support the NASC in encouraging more young people into scaffolding, giving the industry the skilled professionals it needs to continue to grow.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “We would like to congratulate David Brown on being selected to serve as NASC Vice President. David has brought a great deal of expertise and input to the Contracts Committee as both member and chairman and represented this committee expertly on NASC Council since 2016.

“We are sure that he will make a similar contribution in his role as Vice President and bring plenty of ideas and enthusiasm to the table when he becomes NASC President in 2021.”