NASC remains significantly concerned to see recent incidents involving the collapse of scaffolds and access equipment. While Storm Henk caused disruption in the UK, winter storms such as this are always anticipated and should not ordinarily result in the failures witnessed.
Thankfully, no individuals were injured, however, NASC is disappointed that such incidents undermine the good and steadily improving safety record of the scaffolding and access industry. Whilst NASC can’t comment on these specific incidents, which will be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it urges all clients and contractors to review their procurement and working at height practices.
Scaffolds constructed in line with statutory requirements, which are suitably managed and maintained, should remain stable, even in high winds. The industry and law demand scaffolds to be erected to a recognised standard such as a TG20 compliance sheet, a system scaffolding user manual – or to a bespoke scaffold design produced by a competent scaffolding designer.
If any contractor or client is concerned about the design or safety of their scaffolding and access systems, NASC recommends that they review the TG20 compliance sheet, system manufacturers’ instructions, or a bespoke design, which should be available for every scaffold, and confirm that all scaffolding operatives are working to SG4 Preventing falls in scaffolding operations industry guidance. Furthermore, NASC’s guidance document, SG39 Appointing a scaffolding contractor, provides comprehensive support for those engaged in procuring scaffolding.
It is also prudent to ensure that the scaffolding and access contractor is competent and recognised by an independent third party to adhere to standards.
For more information on TG20 guidance, please click here.
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