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Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

The NASC and Temporary Works Forum (TWF) are co-hosting a free Temporary Works seminar in Bristol 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 Ashley Daniels, Head of Lifting & Temporary Works at Hinkley Point C, Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian Risk, Terry Roberts, Software Development Manager at CADS (developers of the TG20 eGuide) and David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director.

Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, said: “We’re looking forward to our second Temporary Works Seminar, following a successful and well-attended event in Birmingham earlier this year.

“The Bristol seminar will see our speakers discuss temporary works topics including the management of the Hinkley Point C project, ongoing efforts to improve and update the NASC’s TG20 eGuide and the revised BS5975 code of practice.

“Through this event we’ll be able to bring a diverse group of people with an interest in temporary works together and explore ways in which 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 Bristol for this informal half-day event.”

The Temporary Works Seminar will take place at the Paintworks on Thursday 24 October from 9am to 1pm. Spaces are limited.

For more information and to reserve your seat click here.

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Scaffolding Training Update

Scaffolding Training Update

CITB has underscored its commitment to ensuring that the construction sector maintains access to a good supply of skilled scaffolders in the wake of the transfer of its training establishment to alternative training providers, as part of its reform programme, Vision 2020.

Graham McPhail, CITB Head of Education and Training, said: “CITB has been working with the training sector to secure alternative scaffolding training providers for the National Construction College.

“We are fully committed to ensuring the continuity of scaffolding training while we negotiate agreements that will be for the good of the wider construction industry. We have been working closely with CISRS to provide reassurance that no scaffolding training capacity or quality will be lost in delivering this commitment as part of our reform programme.”

David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director, said: “Both NASC and CISRS have been working closely with CITB over the last 12 months to ensure the scaffolding provision at NCC continues as normal.  We would like to reassure the Scaffolding sector that CITB has made a commitment to us – and the wider industry – that no training capacity or quality would be lost as a result of their Vision 2020 programme and we are certain that remains the case

“It is essential to ensure the existing high standards are maintained throughout and training courses continue to be available until the alternative provision has been established.”

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Amey Signs NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter

Amey Signs NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter

Facilities management specialists Amey has become the latest leading organisation to sign the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter

The company, which looks after the maintenance, operation and improvement of 23,000+ Ministry of Defence (MoD) buildings across a network of estates, specifies ‘NASC-only’ for its scaffolding-related works within its Defence contracts.

Amey follows Nuclear New Build Generation – the company behind the development and eventual operation of Hinkley Point C – construction specialists DE Construct and principal contractors Knight Harwood in signing the NASC Charter, recognising the ever-growing number of organisations that place NASC membership at the heart of their scaffolding contractor procurement policies.

Peter Franklin, HSEQ Director for Amey’s Defence contracts said: “Our work across the MoD Estate requires us to use competent scaffolding suppliers on many of our projects. Being part of the NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter demonstrates Amey’s commitment to the safety of our workforce, client and customers by only using NASC member scaffold contractors, ensuring a high standard of work is achieved in this high-risk activity.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled that Amey has requested to sign the NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter. For Amey it was the assurance that our independently-audited, experienced and expert members work to incredibly high safety standards that led them to insist on ‘NASC-only’ for their scaffolding needs.

“We’re happy to recognise this decision via our Wall of Honour on our dedicated Charter webpage and present them with a Charter logo and certificate. We look forward to adding many more businesses to this wall in the coming weeks and months.”

For more on the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter and to request to become a signatory click here.

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CISRS Training Provision Expanded in South West

CISRS Training Provision Expanded in South West

Provision and availability of CISRS training in the South West has been boosted following investment by LTC Training Services.

The training provider has expanded its Plymouth training centre, enabling the firm to convert old offices into three extra training rooms. These facilities have already played host to CPD, COTS, Basic and Inspection courses.

LTC Training Services Ltd’s Managing Director Neil Gray has said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the new facilities at our Plymouth Training Centre and are now exploring the option of expanding the practical training area. This is further evidence that LTC is continuing to invest for the future.”

The company has also added CPD to the range of courses delivered at their depot in Cullompton and employed an additional CISRS Instructor to help meet increased demand for training in the South West region.

Following a recent accreditation visit to LTC’s Plymouth facility, Trevor Donoghue, CISRS Auditor, said: “LTC has obviously made significant investments in their facilities in Devon. The training delivery at the centre has always been of a very high standard, the specification to which they have fitted out the new classrooms and meeting areas are now equally impressive.

“It is really positive to see CISRS providers looking to develop their centres increasing capacity whilst improving the training delegates experience.”

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NASC Launches Safe Scaffolding Charter

NASC Launches Safe Scaffolding Charter

The NASC has launched a Safe Scaffolding Charter to recognise the ever-growing number of organisations that place NASC membership at the heart of their scaffolding contractor procurement policies.

The Charter is open to any organisation that has specified ‘NASC-only’ in their scaffolding-related tender documents and/or has had an established commercial relationship with a full NASC member for at least a year.

Signatories already include Nuclear New Build Generation – the company behind the development and eventual operation of Hinkley Point C – construction specialists DE Construct and principal contractors Knight Harwood.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to launch our Safe Scaffolding Charter. We feel it’s incredibly important to celebrate the various organisations that recognise the value of specifying NASC-only for their scaffolding requirements.

“Signatories clearly understand that NASC members are demonstrably safe, compliant and independently audited every year to ensure the high standards demanded in order to gain NASC full-contracting membership are maintained.

“They also understand how this benefits their business; including the reassurance and peace of mind gained by using experienced and expert scaffolding contractors.”

Ashley Daniels, Head of Temporary Works & Lifting at Hinkley Point C, said: “I am delighted with our membership and look forward to working together with an organisation that proactively contributes to the safety of the construction industry.

“Building on our own project values of humility, positivity, respect, clarity and solidarity, I also recognise the very significant contribution NASC provides to the scaffolding community. It’s clear that membership has a significant and long-standing positive effect in delivering safe and secure scaffolding across the largest project in Europe.”

Mike Robertson, Head of HSE at Hinkley Point C, said: “I am very encouraged by this approach from NASC. Anything that facilitates consistency of standards, common understanding, and drives improvement and development in this extremely high risk trade has got to be applauded.

“I am particularly proud of our own involvement with the NASC and look forward to seeing our positive contribution to change industry norms.”

Marc Smith, Group SHEQ Director, the DE Group of Companies, said: “Taking fully into account the high risk nature of scaffolding works it is vital that clients and key stakeholders have absolute confidence in the competence, quality and professionalism of their appointed contractor.

“The NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter is regarded by our organisation as a benchmark of these attributes and is something that we are very proud to support.”

Steve Fitzpatrick, Senior H&S Manager at Knight Harwood, said: “As the head of health and safety for a small to medium enterprise such as Knight Harwood, it is reassuring to know that our Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers only have NASC member companies to choose from when compiling bid lists for new projects.

“Scaffolding will always be amongst the most challenging aspects of the construction phase, especially during projects in urban areas. There is no higher benchmark than the NASC in the construction industry when engaging competent scaffold companies.

“Consequently, from a moral, civil and legal point of view, I am very comfortable signing this Safe Scaffolding Charter.”

For more on the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter and to request to become a signatory click here.

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Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd win Inaugural NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award

Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd win Inaugural NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award

The winner of the inaugural NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award has been announced at the confederation’s AGM as Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd – for their impressive £1.8M 50m (w) x 20m (h) x 90m (l) ‘Acorn Super Structure’ temporary roof at the Creamfields Steel Yard event this Summer.

And a highly commended NASC Product Innovation Award has been given to TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd for their revolutionary ‘Big Ben Braked Gin Wheel’ – designed to stop scaffolding loads plummeting from height.

There were eight entries for the inaugural biennial NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award – launched this Summer to celebrate the very best developments in new scaffolding materials and products from inventive NASC members at the forefront of change in the UK scaffolding industry.

The entries were considered by an independent judging panel (Rick Statham of Safety & Access Ltd and Simon Hughes of Simian Risk Management Ltd), with NASC Technical Officer, Ken Johnson the point of contact for judging:

  • Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd for the ‘Acorn Super Structure’
  • TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd for the ‘Big Ben Braked Gin Wheel’
  • Malvern Scaffolding Ltd for their ‘Malvern Key-Tie’
  • Layher Ltd for the new Universal Aluminium HD Beam
  • HAKI Scaffolding Ltd for their cutting edge HAKI Decking CADEE system
  • TRAD Hire & Sales Ltd for the Plettac Metrix Permanent Advanced Guardrail
  • GKR Scaffolding Ltd for their new Elimin-8 innovative scaffold fitting, and
  • Focus Scaffolding Ltd for their two and three board hop-up bracket for tube and fittings.

The winners were announced at the NASC AGM in Amsterdam, on Friday November 25th, where trophies and certificates were presented. And in addition Acorn and TRAD will now be able to use a bespoke NASC Product Innovation logo for a period of two years.

At the AGM, Des Moore, NASC Vice President and Chair of the NASC Hire & Sales Committee gave a presentation on the various entries, showcasing cutting edge products to the membership and the scaffolding industry as a whole.

Speaking about Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd, the judges said: “Acorn came through in creating an innovative structure using an innovative product. Their aim is to help clients deliver world class, unique and memorable events –specialising in innovative, temporary scaffold-based event structures. Their brief was to push the boundaries of festival production.

“It took months of collaboration, planning and design. The effect was to give every festival goer enjoyment of the premium technical production and high end immersive technology. It is an exceptional product borne out of determination to reach solutions in close liaison with a manufacturer and client. The judges made their determination considering the project as innovation at its best.”

Runner-up, the TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd ‘Big Ben Braked Gin Wheel.’ was highly commended for its wide-reaching benefit, ensuring that loads do not go into free fall, and for radically reduced rope chafing characteristics.

The judges said: “By applying designs from other industries to our trade and enhancing the safety of this commonly used lifting accessory, TRAD evolved this clever item through their in-house ‘Play it Safe’ safety meetings. It was seen as a major benefit to the whole of the industry – ensuring loads cannot plummet, which is a real innovation and safety feature.

“This product will undoubtedly ensure a reduction in handling injuries. Even hoisting upwards allows fluid movement and safe landing of materials – solving a major safety feature that is a common ‘near miss’ situation. It will assist in significantly ensuring safe practice and helping to ensure operatives go home safely to their families at the end of the day.”

NASC MD Robin James said: “This new biennial award has attracted considerable interest and has been superbly supported by the NASC members. It shows the ingenious and inventive nature of our membership – who lead the way with scaffolding product innovation, for productivity and safety. Credit should go to all of the nominees and the hard working members of our hire and sale committee, who pioneered this excellent scheme. And particular congratulations go to the inaugural NASC Product Innovation Award winners Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd and highly commended TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd – who the judges felt stood out in the competition.”

For details of the new biennial scaffold product award, to order copies of the new SG4:15:You pocket guide, for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk

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NASC Council Changes At AGM

NASC Council Changes At AGM

The NASC has made changes to its Council structure – with Alan Harris (Pro-Fix Access Ltd), Sean Pike (Layher Ltd) and Rob Lynch (Lyndon Scaffolding plc) elected as co-opted members of the NASC Council, effective for two years from the confederation’s AGM, November 25th 2016.

In addition to its standing committees – which work tirelessly to create industry-leading safety and technical guidance for the benefit of members of the UK’s leading scaffolding industry trade body – the NASC has an elected council which oversees and provides all of the NASC activity and provides direction and strategic decisions.

NASC MD Robin James said: “We are thrilled to have three such driven, respected and experienced individuals join the NASC Council as co-opted members. They will bring a broader perspective to discussions and debates at Council as representatives of small, medium and large member organisations.”

Alan Harris (Pro-Fix Access Ltd) said: “I am absolutely delighted to be elected to the NASC council, on behalf of one of the smaller members of the NASC – which represents a large and busy scaffolding sector. It’s good for us to be there to represent the issues and approach of the smaller access and scaffolding firms. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead and thrilled to be part of the debate at the UK’s leading scaffolding trade body.”

Sean Pike (Layher Ltd) added: “My membership of the NASC Hire, Sales and Manufacturing committee – especially my knowledge of manufacturing processes and involvement with ASITO, representing the interests of system scaffolding/training – I believe brings a valuable contribution to the NASC Council. I am honoured and delighted by this appointment.”

And Rob Lynch (Lyndon Scaffolding plc) said: “I am delighted that I can maintain a high profile for Lyndon Scaffolding – the UK’s largest independent, still family-owned scaffolding firm – at the NASC. We strongly support the NASC’s objective to improve the safety and professional standards in the scaffolding sector.”

In addition to these changes, Mel Archer (Archway Services plc) was elected as Audit & Membership Committee Chair and Lee Rowswell (GKR Scaffolding Ltd) was elected as London & South East Region Chair.

For details on the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including on how to become an NASC member, TG20:13 and SG4:15, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk

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Inaugural NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award Attracts Industry Leading Submissions

Inaugural NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award Attracts Industry Leading Submissions

The inaugural NASC Scaffolding Product Innovation Award was launched in the summer of 2016 and has attracted entries from a range of NASC hire/sale and contracting members, showcasing a range of innovative scaffolding products developed by the membership.

This biennial NASC award is designed to celebrate developments in scaffolding products by NASC member companies. It is hoped that all NASC member companies will be able to benefit from the exercise.

A total of eight entries have been received from NASC members. These are comprised of written submissions, photographs, powerpoint slides and videos, and in some cases examples of the actual product:

  • Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd (Creamfields Steel Yard temporary event venue)
  • Malvern Scaffolding Ltd (the ‘Malvern Key-Tie’)
  • TRAD Scaffolding Co Ltd (a new/revolutionary Gin Wheel)
  • Layher Ltd (new Universal Aluminium HD Beam)
  • HAKI Scaffolding Ltd (HAKI Decking CADEE system)
  • TRAD Hire & Sales Ltd (Plettac Metrix Permanent Advanced Guardrail)
  • GKR Scaffolding Ltd (Elimin-8 innovative scaffold fitting)
  • Focus Scaffolding Ltd (two and three board hop-up bracket for tube and fitting)

All the entries have been forwarded to the judging panel which is comprised of Rick Statham (Safety & Access Ltd) and Simon Hughes (Simian Risk Ltd) with Ken Johnson (NASC Health & Safety and Technical Support) the point of contact for judging.

The primary focus of the judges when assessing the entries will be on innovation, safety and commercial benefit.

Winning and highly commended entries will be announced at the NASC AGM on Friday November 25th, when trophies and certificates will be presented by Des Moore (TRAD Group MD and Chair of the NASC Hire & Sales Committee) after he has given a presentation about the various entries, showcasing the shortlisted products to the membership.

In addition to the award (which will alternate with the well-established biennial NASC Health & Safety Award) the winning and highly commended entries will entitle the respective member companies to the use of a bespoke NASC Product Innovation logo for a period of two years following the awards.

NASC MD Robin James said: “This biennial award has attracted considerable interest and has been well supported by the members. It taps into the ingenious and inventive nature of the NASC membership – who lead the industry in terms of product innovation, with additional safety benefits for users. Credit should go to those members who have submitted entries, also to the hard working members of the NASC Hire, Sale and Manufacturing Committee, who pioneered this excellent award.”

Des Moore, added: “The scaffolding industry is constantly evolving, and product-based hire, sale and manufacturing member companies are at the forefront of driving these changes. As such, we felt it was time to recognise this and champion those companies and individuals who are creating products that make the industry a safer place to work in. We look forward to announcing the winner and runner-up at the NASC AGM.”

For details of the new biennial scaffolding product innovation award, to order copies of the new SG4:15:You pocket guide, for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk

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Calling all Scaffolding Supervisors!

Calling all Scaffolding Supervisors!

CISRS are working directly with their cardholders and approved training providers to match up the demand for supervisor refresher training. Following the introduction of Supervisory CPD/refresher training on 1st March 2016, anyone wishing to renew their CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor/Manager card is required to complete the newly developed 2- day course.

Delegates on the two-day course will need 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 Scaffolding Supervisor/Manager Training has been in place for over 5 years. The five-day course is aimed at personnel providing first line supervision for scaffolding contractors which could include Charge Hands, Foremen, Site Supervisors or Contract Managers. The programme covers similar topics to the CITB Site Managing Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) but with more of a scaffolding perspective and includes:

  • 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
  • Allocation of Duties
  • Effective Supervision
  • Behavioural Safety Overview
  • Effective Communication (including basic presentation skills, briefings and Toolbox talks)
  • Risk Assessment & Method Statements

SMSTS is often the client’s default position when it comes to specifying Supervisory qualification on their sites, as such lots of scaffolding Supervisors are attending generic Health and Safety Supervisory courses rather than a scaffold specific one.

Dave Mosley CISRS Scheme Manager said: “SMSTS has been around a long time and is a good course. When developing the CISRS Supervisor course we tried to ensure that all of the essential topics were covered, but we also wanted to relate these to the trade itself as we feel it makes it a more interesting and relevant experience for the delegates.”

CISRS has announced that it will allow those operatives holding a current SMSTS certificate, a valid CISRS Scaffolder or Advanced card and a Supervisory Health, Safety and Environment test or recognised exemption to attend the CISRS 2 Day supervisor refresher course. Those who successfully complete the programme will be deemed eligible to apply for a CISRS Supervisors card.

CISRS Scaffolding Supervisory and Manager training is recognised by Build UK. To find out more about the CISRS scheme, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

 

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NASC Members St Helens Plant Win 2016 Build Award

NASC Members St Helens Plant Win 2016 Build Award

NASC full non contracting (hire/sales) members St Helens Plant have won the construction and engineering category plus an ‘Excellence Award for Scaffolding Fabrication, Repair and Reconditioning’ in the recent Build Awards 2016.

This is the second accolade that St Helens Plant (known in the scaffolding sector for their fabrication, repair and reconditioning services) have won in 2016 – also netting a finalists placement in the Access and Scaffolding Specialist of the Year category in the Construction News 2016 Specialists Awards in February.

As one of the UK’s all-encompassing scaffolding supply specialists, St Helens Plant have gained national and international recognition for their commitment and contribution to the access and scaffolding industry.

Gordon Pilling of St Helens Plant said: “We’re delighted to have been nominated by our clients, and to have won this construction and engineering award, also to have gained an excellence award for scaffolding fabrication, repair and reconditioning.

“It’s another award purely down to the strength, commitment and loyalty of each one of our team, from factory, dispatch and delivery, and office staff. We are very proud of all of who commit daily to St Helens Plant and have made our international recognition and awards possible. I extend my gratitude to our clients and the Build Awards for the privilege of being awarded this accolade.

“Safety of supply is a huge focus for us at St Helens Plant and being part of NASC, we try and promote this as much as we can at every opportunity.”

NASC MD Robin James said: “Congratulations to St Helens Plant on this magnificent achievement for their services to the scaffolding sector. Working alongside big clients in the scaffolding industry, expanding their operations and winning significant awards, they are living proof of the success NASC members have had in 2016. We wish them further success into 2017 and beyond.”

For details on the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including on how to become an NASC member, TG20:13 and SG4:15, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk