Triple Innovation Shortlist Success for Layher Ltd

Layher Ltd has been shortlisted three times in the NASC Awards 2019 Innovation of the Year category. Cape Industrial Services Ltd has also been named as a finalist.

The winner will be announced at the NASC Ball & Awards at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, on Friday 22 November.

Here’s a round of all of this year’s Innovation of the Year entries:


The Innovation of the Year category entries demonstrate NASC members’ commitment to developing new product and processes, developing a range of solutions that increase safety and efficiencies.

Cape Industrial Services Ltd’s Altrad VR training programme takes operatives on a 360-degree virtual reality journey starting on the way to work right through to being sat in an inquest relating to the death of a colleague.

Having high emotional impact, the learning sessions are designed to target behaviours, specifically the choices made by an employee throughout a working day.

The sessions last no more than 40 minutes and up to 20 employees can attend each session meaning upwards of 150 people can be trained in any one day. To date, sessions have been delivered on offshore assets, nuclear power stations, petrochemicals sites, refineries and construction sites.

The ability to train large numbers of delegates at the work place in a “real world” experience has reduced time away from the job for employees and made training both real and fun.

PERI Ltd’s PERI UP Traveller was developed to enable key operations such as waterproofing, to take place in new underground tunnels at Bank Station as part of the Northern Line extension.

It provides a safe and secure working platform that is flexible enough to move from a larger tunnel section to a smaller section with ease, and then finally back into a larger section without dismantling the whole unit.

The traveller is formed by mounting the PERI UP system on to castors to form a mobile scaffolding solution. This enabled easy repositioning and increased productivity on a time-sensitive project.

The solution was designed with cantilevered platforms on either side to accommodate the circular geometry of the tunnel and allow waterproofing and concrete spraying to commence.

Layher Ltd submitted three innovative entries to this year’s awards; their new FlexBeam, Scaffold Information Modelling (SIM) and Steel Deck solutions.

Suspended, cantilevered and gantry scaffold construction has been simplified and enhanced with the introduction of the Layher FlexBeam design.

Providing 40% higher bending load capacity – when compared to the company’s established Lattice Beam 450 – and yet without the need for compression chord bracing the design also enables lower construction heights to be achieved and increases the range of locations that can benefit.

The Layher SIM tool has been developed to enhance scaffold design operations by providing a new and highly effective visualisation capability, and operates via two versions, LayPLAN Classic for estimators and support staff and LayPLAN CAD for full use by designers/engineers, planners and CAD operatives.

Layher lightweight Steel Deck (pictured above) is capable of meeting load class 6 requirements whilst providing a 10% saving on weight against comparable Layher decking. It is available with a choice of lengths and is readily connected to other Layher systems.

TRAD Safety Systems Ltd’s TRAD Loading Hatch offers safe access and materials handling within the housebuilding industry.

The hatch was developed to promote, safe access and loading between different floor levels, without the need to carry materials via an external scaffold.

It is designed to recess into the building plot floors and can be secured in place with timber screws.

All hatches also have bespoke holes cut in the frames, enabling users to safely lash any access ladder in place for added security and safety.

Turner Access Ltd’s range of Airsteps Ocean Plastic Scaffolding Products have been developed to enable scaffolding contractors a way of cutting down on their use of plastics.

Products now on sale include fall protection shields, made primarily from plastic retrieved from the ocean and safety clips, used to lock beams and frames together, also made from ocean plastic or composite material.



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