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NASC welcomes publication of revised HSE Scaffold Checklist

NASC welcomes publication of revised HSE Scaffold Checklist

The NASC has welcomed the publication of the recently amended ‘HSE Scaffold Checklist’. The document is intended to clarify when scaffold design is required, and the level of training and competence which those erecting, inspecting and supervising the erection, alteration and dismantling of scaffolding are expected to have.

Information and advice contained within the revised document relates to all types of scaffolding structures. All key areas have been covered, including planning, client/user responsibilities, design information requirements, competence and supervision of operatives, inspection of scaffold structures, and the requirement for adequate fall prevention measures.

NASC President, Kevin Ward said: “The HSE should be applauded for producing an excellent updated version of the HSE Scaffold Checklist. I think this will be a very useful and informative document for scaffolding contractors, users of scaffolding and persons affected by scaffolding operations. It is a job really well done.

“The checklist will be an excellent reference point for all scaffolding industry stakeholders, regardless of whether they are clients, safety professionals, scaffolding contractors or third parties who can be affected by scaffolding operations.

“It has been put together in an easy to understand and user friendly format, referencing pertinent industry regulations whilst also recognising new and established good practice guidance within the scaffolding industry, such as TG20:13.

“I would encourage all stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the content of the document and keep a copy of the checklist readily to hand. There is little doubt that HSE inspectors will expect compliance with the information contained within.”

Justine Lee, HM Inspector of Health and Safety (Construction Sector Safety Risk Management Team) said: “The HSE Scaffold Checklist is intended to help all those involved in scaffolding operations to understand and comply with their legal obligations. It has been revised primarily to clarify when a scaffold design is required, as explained in NASC Technical Guidance TG20:13. It also sets out what level of training and competence those erecting, dismantling, altering inspecting and supervising scaffolding operations are expected to have.

“In addition, the checklist contains some good practice information which, when followed, can ensure a safe and robust planning process is followed for the benefit of everyone. I would urge all those in the scaffolding industry to take time to read this document and ensure that it is followed within your individual businesses.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director added: “Documents such as the HSE Scaffold Checklist, and our own TG20:13 best practice guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding, can only help to improve the quality and safety of scaffolding across the UK. The NASC whole-heartedly supports the HSE approach and would encourage all to read this revised document and adhere to its principles.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And to obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

A copy of the HSE’s new Scaffold Checklist can be found here: www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/scaffoldinginfo.htm

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NASC Sponsors CITB Pride of Construction Awards

NASC Sponsors CITB Pride of Construction Awards

The NASC was represented at the CITB’s Pride of Construction Awards on Wednesday 10th September – helping to celebrate 50 years of the Construction Industry Training Board and also sponsoring the event, along with major media titles, Construction News and the Daily Mirror.

This large industry event, held at Old Billingsgate in London, aimed to “celebrate the apprentices, employers and strategic partners most dedicated to the skills and training agenda.” And the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious CITB Gold Awards – with TV presenter, comedian and actor, Alexander Armstrong hosting.

There was a range of categories at the awards – from Scaffolding Apprentice of the Year to Outstanding Training Partner of the Year, with judging by a panel of CITB experts and industry faces, such as CITB CEO, Adrian Belton, Government Chief Construction Advisor, Peter Hansford, Institute of Civil Engineers ex-President, Professor Barry Clarke, Construction News Associate Editor, Damon Schünmann and CITB Chairman and Wates Construction chair, James Wates.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director said: “As the representative trade body for the UK access and scaffolding industry the NASC was delighted to be associated with the CITB 50th Pride of Construction Awards.

“The NASC would like to congratulate CITB on this landmark achievement, and wishes the organisation every success over the next 50 years.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC the scaffold industry guidance trade body organisation – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. To obtain a copy of TG20:13, please visit www.nasc.org.uk/tg20_13.

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New CISRS Scaffold Training Facility in South Korea

New CISRS Scaffold Training Facility in South Korea

CISRS have opened a brand new CISRS scaffolding training facility in South Korea for CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) courses.

Following a recent trip to the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) Scaffolder Training Centre in South Korea by CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley, the facility has gained accreditation for the delivery of scaffolder skills training, scaffold inspection and scaffold supervisory qualifications.

The new facility (run by CISRS-approved training provider, Safety & Access) will provide key support training services to Samsung and their scaffolding operations, for at least the next two years – which will provide a great boost in the number of CISRS OSTS qualified operatives in the region. Since the introduction of the CISRS scheme last July over 1,000 CISRS cards have been issued relating to Level 1 and 2 Scaffolder, Scaffold Inspection and Scaffold Supervisor Training.

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley conducted a full, independent audit of the new centre and said: “We are delighted to be able to grant accreditation to Safety and Access. This centre demonstrates the growing popularity and recognition of the CISRS scheme across the globe. We are thankful to Samsung Heavy Industries for supporting and promoting the OSTS overseas scheme. They really are leading the way in this part of the world and we would like to think that the other major players within the shipbuilding sector will follow their lead based upon the improved standard of scaffolding on site since the introduction of CISRS training.”

CISRS training in the Far East region has been led by Safety and Access for almost 18 months – almost exclusively for their client Samsung Heavy Industries, who operate a huge shipyard at the Geoje Island site in the South of the country.
The opening of this new CISRS centre follows recent overseas expansion by approved providers, Safety & Access – with the opening of two centres in the Middle East situated in UAE and Qatar to add the two existing centres in the UK in Nottingham and North East Lincolnshire.

Safety & Access Joint Managing Director, Rick Statham commented: “We recognise and promote only independent CISRS accreditations for scaffolding in the UK and internationally and are extremely proud of this ongoing recognition of our professional and dedicated approach to providing quality training to our clients. We would also like to thank our client Samsung Heavy Industries for investing in the provision of the scheme and we look forward to continuing this service for years to come in the region.

“As a provider that has delivered CISRS training for many years in the UK, we are delighted to be able to offer the similarly accredited scheme to our clients on an international basis, having exceeded the 1,000 mark can only serve to provide a benchmark for other heavy industries and clients within the oil and gas business.”

For further details about all CISRS OSTS overseas accredited training centres, tube and fitting and system scaffolding CISRS courses, or for information about any of the scaffolding training courses on offer in the UK or abroad, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.