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Alastair Mackenzie: In Memoriam

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Alastair Mackenzie: In Memoriam

The NASC is saddened to hear of the passing of Alastair Mackenzie, whose close involvement with the NASC as both a member and auditor dates back almost 30 years.

Alastair was an active member in the London and South East region through his scaffolding contracting company Merlin, based in Kings Lynn.

He was a long-serving and respected member of the NASC Audit committee and a dedicated NASC auditor for many years until ill health forced him to retire.

He took his NASC roles very seriously and was known for his attention to detail and the will for the rules to be enforced for the good of the NASC’s reputation and increasing industry standards as a whole.

Upon his retirement, Alastair wrote: “I have been an avid supporter of the NASC and have always tried to support the organisation with passion, veracity and optimism throughout my time as a member and laterally as an auditor.

“It has been a joy and a privilege to have been involved for almost thirty years with fellow members, staff and officers.”

Former NASC President Alan Lilley, who was NASC Audit Committee chair when Alastair was a committee member, said: “So sad to hear of Alistair’s passing. We the NASC were fortunate to be able to use his services as an Auditor.

“Alastair knew the industry inside out and brought this experience to bear in ensuring NASC members kept to the high standards we set them. More importantly, he was a man of principal and integrity, qualities which I for one admired.

“He will be sadly missed by myself and the audit team and I will not forget the work he carried out for the NASC while I was chair of the Audit Committee.”

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CISRS Accredited Training Centres Reopen

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CISRS Accredited Training Centres Reopen

Since June CISRS approved providers across the country have cautiously began to recommence training at their centres. There are currently courses being delivered in 18 locations in the UK, with many more set to follow suit in the coming weeks.

Prior to opening their doors, centres were required to submit detailed risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) with supporting documentation and photographic evidence outlining restrictions and precautions put in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19, whilst delivering training.

These cover each step of the training experience from arriving at the centre, moving around the site, getting to classrooms, practical training areas, welfare facilities and getting back home safely.

CISRS are working with providers to closely monitor, looking to identify any areas that may need additional consideration.

David Mosley, CISRS Managing Director and NASC Director for Training, said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has hit the whole industry hard; scaffolders, employers, clients as well as the training providers. There is still a lot of uncertainty ahead, but the sector has responded very positively and looked for ways to move forward in safe and productive manner.”

 

New provision

Two brand new centres have gained CISRS accreditation since the lift of the lockdown, PERI Ltd in Brentwood, Essex, which will deliver COTS, SITS and PERI SSPTS courses and Aspects Total Training in Coventry, which is currently accredited for COTS, SITS and Part 1, but will go onto to deliver the full suite of CISRS training once it is established.

Michelle McFall, Training Manager at Aspects Total Training, said: “It hasn’t been the smoothest of starts for us as we had initially looked to open at the end of February. We obviously had to change our plans however we have put additional precautions in place and opened the centre a couple of weeks ago. The scaffolders have responded really well, accepting all the procedures put in place.

“We are hoping to keep moving forward and look to operate to our full potential as soon as it is safe to do so.”

 

Centre Capacity

Centres are initially dealing with courses which have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic but are also taking general bookings.

Although several providers are operating at a reduced capacity, they are putting on extra courses particularly short duration courses egg COTS, CPD to take up the slack.

Rick Statham, Managing Director of Safety and Access, added: “Despite the difficult circumstances for all we have been encouraged by the requests for CISRS training and we are trying to respond to demand as swiftly as possible. Between our two centres at Nottingham and Immingham we will have had more than 100 delegates complete CPD in July alone.”

A similar situation is happening across most centres, Simian Skills are running two CPD courses per week since reopening as scaffolders look to get their cards up to date.

The card administration run by NOCN has remained in operation through the Covid-19 pandemic, so those completing training can have their card application turned around in 9 days.

At present CISRS is still requesting that Industry show leniency to operatives with recently expired cards until course availability and centre capacity can be stabilised and established. This is in line with other CSCS affiliated card schemes and is supported by Build UK and HSE.

Dave Mosley added: “We appreciate that we are not out of the woods yet and that the ongoing commercial uncertainty may prove fatal to some centres, which will be a real blow for the industry.

“That said the response to date from providers has been excellent, the feedback from the delegates has been very positive and the demand for training continues, as such we will press on with training following all the relevant procedures and like everybody else aim to get through this safely.”

 

Centres reopened:

AIS, North Shields

AIS, Aberdeen

Alpha Safety, Swansea

Aspects Total Training, Coventry

Britannia Safety & Training, Wymondham, Norfolk

Lawson, Workington, Cumbria

LTC Training, Plymouth

LTC Training, Cullompton

NCC Midlands, Birmingham

NETA, Stockton on Tees

PERI, Brentwood

Safety and Access Ltd, Nottingham

Safety and Access Ltd, Immingham

Simian Skills, Warrington

Simian Skills, Waltham Forrest

Simian Skills, Weston Super Mare

TFC, London

Training 2000, Blackburn

 

Due to reopen in the coming weeks:

CHSG, Chertsey

CITB NI, Antrim

Layher, Stevenage

NCC South, Erith – 13th July 2020

NCC East, Bircham – 13th July

 

 

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NASC Backs Talent Retention Scheme

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NASC Backs Talent Retention Scheme

The NASC has welcomed the launch of the Construction Talent Retention Scheme, which will help keep scaffolding workers in the industry.

The scheme will match workers displaced as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic with employers seeking new staff.

David Mosley, NASC Training Director, said: “The NASC wholeheartedly welcomes the introduction of the Talent Retention Scheme.

“Considering the time and investment our sector puts into creating a fully-trained and competent workforce it would be disastrous to lose such skilled workers at this challenging time. We will be encouraging our members to make full use of all of the support available.”

The Scheme, which will be launched formally later this month, will be an online portal that supports redeployment of staff at risk of redundancy across the sector, while also enabling temporary employee loans between businesses.

The not-for-profit programme now has funding secured until the end of the financial year, providing a free online platform for any organisation looking to hire, while ensuring that candidates’ skills and experience are given a prominent platform within the industry.

Businesses can register their interest in the scheme here.

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PERI UK’s Training Academy Gains CISRS Accreditation

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PERI UK’s Training Academy Gains CISRS Accreditation

PERI UK’s first-ever scaffolding training centre has gained CISRS accreditation.

PERI’s Construction Training Academy, based in Brentwood, will deliver CISRS COTS, SSPTS & BASE courses, Scaffolding Awareness and Scaffolding Inspection courses in both Peri-Up and tube & fittings.

Although purpose-built to support increasing demand in the south, the facility is equipped to meet a variety of training requirements for customers around the UK.

Training Academy Manager, Mark Holmes, said: “We are very excited to be able to offer the same high-quality course content we have delivered so far, now in our very own training facility. It’s a fantastic opportunity for PERI to be able to deliver its scaffolding expertise alongside its formwork offering, making trainees aware of just some of the benefits of our systems.

“Receiving accreditation means we can now focus on customising our training services, with the support of our fully-equipped facility, to ensure we deliver an experience our customers will benefit from the most.”

David Mosley, CISRS Managing Director and NASC Director of Training, said: “We are really pleased to provide PERI UK’s new training centre with CISRS accreditation, which provides some positive news in these difficult times.

“We’re sure this facility will prove to be a huge success and wish Mark and everyone involved the very best of luck.”

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Kate Thomson Named H&S Committee Vice Chair

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Kate Thomson Named H&S Committee Vice Chair

Kate Thomson has been selected as NASC Health & Safety Committee vice chair.

In this role, Kate, Office Manager at Thomson Scaffolding Ltd, based in Glamorgan, Wales, will deputise for and support the Health & Safety Committee chair.

Kate said: “I am really pleased to have been chosen as Health & Safety Committee vice chair and looking forward to playing a greater role in committee activities, which make a real difference to scaffolding contractors and operatives across the UK.”

Alan Harris, Director at Pro-Fix Access Ltd and Health & Safety Committee chair, said: “During the past three years on this committee Kate has been enthusiastic, positive, committed and professional with her approach to the various tasks that she has volunteered for.

“She has been proactive in the various sub committees that she has been on and is always willing to put in the extra effort that is required to get documents out on time. Not only is Kate passionate about the H&S committee but she is also very keen to promote the NASC and its principles as a whole.

“I find Kate to be a fair, gregarious and loyal member of the committee, who is not afraid to stand up for the scaffolding industry and l have no doubt will offer a great deal as vice chair to enable the H&S committee to carry on its good work in the future.”

Kate has also agreed to serve as the H&S Committee representative on the NASC ‘fast response’ Current Affairs Committee.

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President to Serve as Webinar Panellist

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President to Serve as Webinar Panellist

NASC President Lynn Way has been selected as a panellist on the Construction News’ Inspiring Women in Construction webinar, taking place on Wednesday 8 July.

Lynn, Company Secretary and Financial Director of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd, will join a panel of industry experts to discuss whether diversity of thought exists at board level.

The webinar forms part of CN’s Inspiring Women in Construction campaign, which the NASC has sponsored since it was launched in 2017.

Lynn Way said: “The NASC has championed the need for more women in senior roles in the construction industry and the benefits available to companies that choose to do so. As such, the NASC is proud to sponsor this campaign and take part in debates that can help to bring about recruitment changes in the short term and also encourage more women to enter the industry.”

For more information and to register to watch the webinar click here.

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NASC Strengthens Audit Team

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NASC Strengthens Audit Team

The NASC has strengthened its audit team through the addition of experienced access instructor Alastair O’May.

Alastair will conduct member audits in Scotland – ensuring new and current members achieve the high standards required to attain and retain NASC full contracting membership.

He has a solid understanding of the NASC auditor role, having received audits as a former NASC full contracting member.

“I was always appreciative of what being a full contracting member of the NASC did for me and my fledgling firm, AOM Scaffolding Ltd.” he said. “I was aware of the high standards required for membership but I was unsure if I could reach those standards.

“The auditor at the time was always clear that complete compliance was required but he did it in a supportive manner and was always excellent at offering advice on how to ensure I did not allow standards to drop.”

Speaking about his new position, Alastair added: “I’m really looking forward to getting more involved in the industry that’s served me so well and playing my part in ensuring NASC members continue to provide a higher standard for their customers and employees alike.

“It gives me enormous pride to join the NASC team as the Confederation has long been the benchmark for safety standards throughout the UK and instrumental in producing guidance that has been adopted by all in the scaffolding industry and embedded in every access risk assessment in the country.”

Wayne Connolly, NASC Audit committee chair, said: “I’d like to welcome Alastair to the NASC auditor team. He is extremely well placed to carry out his duties and I’m sure he’ll be a fantastic asset to the NASC and its members in Scotland.”

Alastair entered the scaffolding industry in 1989, completing his Part 1 accreditation whilst working for Mowlem (Scotland) Ltd. After six years he moved into the oil and gas sector before setting up AOM Scaffolding Ltd.

In 2014 he took up the role of CITB Senior Instructor for Access in Scotland and will continue to train alongside his NASC auditing work.

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NASC Launches Design Membership Category

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NASC Launches Design Membership Category

The NASC has launched a new NASC Design Membership category focused exclusively on scaffolding design.

NASC Design membership is open to UK-based scaffolding design consultants. As with all NASC membership categories, there is a set of minimum requirements businesses must meet in order to attain membership.

For NASC Design Members, these requirements relate to competence – a combination of qualifications and experience.

Many UK scaffolding design businesses are currently NASC Information Members. These members have been given the opportunity to complete the new NASC Design Membership application form with a view to transferring over to NASC Design Membership in July.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “The new NASC Design membership category provides greater recognition for scaffolding designers than was previously provided through the general NASC Information Membership category.

“By setting design-specific criteria we have also ensured that NASC Design Membership is valued by the scaffolding industry – seen as a mark of quality and expertise, in the same way that NASC Full Contracting and NASC Full Non-Contracting membership is.”

James Attridge, NASC Technical Committee chair, added: “By appointing an NASC approved Design member, scaffolding contractors can be confident that these companies have the relevant experience, qualifications and Professional Indemnity insurance cover to carry out the project in hand.”

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NASC Publishes Site Audit Procedures

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NASC Publishes Site Audit Procedures

The NASC has produced a document to assist its current and prospective members when receiving an NASC audit.

The document, titled Site Audit Procedures (SAP), was created by the NASC Audit committee, with input provided by NASC auditors and full contracting members. It can be downloaded here.

Wayne Connolly, new NASC Audit Committee Chair, said: “It was important that we restart the auditing of our members, as well as auditing prospective members as soon as possible.  We temporarily suspended all site audits whilst the industry adopted the necessary changes in order to operate safely during the Covid-19 pandemic and we feel this new document shows how site and premises audits can be carried out safely.

“This guidance should be reviewed along with the latest Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures document, as well as the NASC Guidance for Scaffolding Operations During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.”

The audit process will restart on Monday 1 June.  There is a backlog of audits to be carried out initially but the NASC aims to be up to date by the end of June.

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New Northern & North Wales Regional Chair Appointed

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New Northern & North Wales Regional Chair Appointed

Interlink Scaffolding Ltd Managing Director Darren Maratty has been named as the new NASC Northern and North Wales Regional Chair. Mr Maratty, who previously held the role of Regional Vice Chair, replaces Wayne Connolly, of Connolly Scaffolding Ltd, who has accepted the position of NASC Audit Committee Chair.

Speaking about the step up, which includes a place on NASC Council, Mr Maratty said: “I would like to thank the NASC for giving me the opportunity to chair the Northern Region and serve on NASC Council. I am looking forward to helping the confederation and its members across the region.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “Darren’s appointment ensures the Northern and North Wales Region continues to be chaired by a proactive and progressive individual. I’d like to thank Wayne Connolly for his service in the region, and look forward to welcoming Darren to full Council.”