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NASC Apprentice of the Year 2016 Winner Announced at AGM

NASC Apprentice of the Year 2016 Winner Announced at AGM

The NASC has announced the results of its Apprentice of the Year 2016 Award at its Annual General Meeting in Leeds on Friday November 27th – with Paul Howell of Complete Access winning, and Scott Curtin of Connect Scaffolding named as runner-up.

Paul, 28, will be presented with a trophy and a cash prize of £500 by NASC Training Manager and CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley imminently, whilst the apprentice’s employer Complete Access will also receive a trophy and £500 – to be spent on scaffolding training with a CISRS approved training provider.

Now in its second year, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS)-sponsored NASC Apprentice of the Year scheme is aimed at individuals who are directly employed by an NASC Member company and are either part way through a formal scaffolding apprenticeship with an approved CISRS provider, or alternatively have successfully completed the apprenticeship programme in 2015.

And this year saw a raft of good entries from the confederation’s 200+ full contracting member companies.

The criteria for the apprenticeships award states a successful candidate “needed to be conscientious, have shown a willingness to learn and develop skills and have gone above and beyond the call of duty whilst working their way through the qualification.”

NASC Apprentice of the Year Scheme Judge and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Scaffolding Specialist Account Co-ordinator Diane Wood wanted to see “evidence of someone who through hard work, personal development and a commitment to the industry would be viewed as a shining example to others looking to enter the scaffolding sector.”

CITB’s Diane Wood said: “I have chosen Paul for this award as he has demonstrated immense strength of character and commitment as he faced the most difficult of personal challenges throughout the whole period of his apprenticeship, without requesting any adjustments either at work or college. Testimonies from both his employer and tutor are that he is an inspiration to everyone. Throughout this very testing period in his life he managed to offer advice, guidance and encouragement to other apprentices and continues to do this with the new apprentices at Complete Access, who look upon him as a mentor.”

Mrs Wood said: “It’s always very difficult choosing a runner-up, as I believe everyone nominated is demonstrating commitment to the industry. A couple of things have just given Scott the edge for me: He is attentive to instruction (particularly handovers and toolbox talks) which a lot of people feel are unnecessary aspects of the job, but are highly important. And Scott has also demonstrated regularly how he works in a methodical manner and effectively responds to carrying out challenging jobs in sensitive environments, ensuring minimum disruption to the client and in meeting tight deadlines.”

Dave Mosley, NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager said: “Congratulations to both winner Paul and runner-up Scott – both of whom demonstrated real excellence in their apprenticeships and are an inspiration to all those training in scaffolding.”

For details about scaffolding apprenticeships, becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

And for more details on CISRS training, scaffolding apprenticeships and a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk.

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2015 NASC Biennial Health & Safety Award Winners Revealed at AGM

2015 NASC Biennial Health & Safety Award Winners Revealed at AGM

The NASC’s biennial Health & Safety Awards winners have been announced at the confederation’s AGM in Leeds on Friday November 27th.

In a fully-loaded 2015 AGM agenda – which included the launch of the updated SG4:15 Safety Guidance, Apprentice of the Year Awards and the swearing in of a new President, Alan Lilley (Commercial Scaffolding Ltd) – the NASC 2015 Health and Safety Award winners and runners-up were unveiled and presented with trophies and certificates.

Winners in the larger company (101+ employees) category were Interserve Industrial Services, with Wood Group Industrial Services Ltd ’Highly Commended’ runners-up. And Denholm Industrial Services took the award in the smaller company (1-100 employees) category, with Connect Scaffolding Ltd ‘Highly Commended’ runners-up.

In addition to the winners being presented with a trophy and a certificate at the AGM by new President Alan Lilley, the companies are also entitled to use a bespoke NASC 2015 Health and Safety Award (Winners or Highly Commended) logo on their corporate literature and company website, for a period of two years.

Ken Johnson, responsible for NASC Health & Safety and Technical support said: “Judging highlighted many special features among the shortlisted applicants, all of whom had excellent submissions. The health & safety standard set by NASC members is exceptional. However, these companies have demonstrated an extra level of commitment – hence this prestigious award in recognition of their dedication.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “Congratulations to winners Interserve Industrial Services and Denholm Industrial Services, and to runners up in both categories, Wood Group Industrial Services and Connect Scaffolding Ltd. And many thanks to all those companies who participated, and of course to the judges. The standard of entries was extremely high and the event is now well-established in the NASC calendar, with a real incentive now being the ability to carry the NASC H&S Award Winners or Highly Commended branding on their company literature, website and vehicles.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.
And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC’s New Apprentices Challenge Final Figures: 553 & £58,057 Raised for Teenage Cancer Trust

NASC’s New Apprentices Challenge Final Figures: 553 & £58,057 Raised for Teenage Cancer Trust

The outgoing NASC President, Kevin Ward’s ‘New Apprenticeship Challenge’ to create 400 scaffolding apprentices in his two year tenure has been surpassed – with 553 new apprentices created by NASC member companies. And the initiative has also raised £58,057 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

This is great news for both the scaffolding industry and the TCT, and was announced at the confederation’s annual ball at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds on Friday 27th November – two years on from the New Apprentices Challenge launch, following Mr Ward’s inauguration as President in November 2013.

Mr Ward, who was once a scaffolding apprentice himself, said: “When I took on the role of NASC President, I challenged the members to achieve a couple fantastic goals during my two-year term – to create a minimum of 400 new CISRS apprenticeships and raise much needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. And I am very pleased to report that we have not only succeed in reaching the 400 target, but actually surpassed it, creating 553 new apprentices, and raised over £58,000 for TCT.

“I would like to thank all NASC member companies who took part in the challenge. They have not only given these enthusiastic young people a great career opportunity in the scaffolding industry, but in the process have invested in the future of their businesses. And special mention must go to NASC member companies, Seabro, Interserve Industrial Services and Connect Scaffolding, who created 92 apprentices between them.

“I’d also like to thank all NASC members who have donated money to this worthy cause (TCT), with additional thanks to the member companies who stepped in and directly sponsored the charitable side of the challenge.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “We are very pleased by the response to the NASC’s New Apprenticeship Challenge. The creation of so many new apprenticeships in just two years – boosting the scaffolding industry and raising money for a great charity simultaneously – is an absolutely superb achievement and a lasting legacy of Mr Ward’s presidency.”

NASC Training Manager and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley added: “What an excellent achievement. It shows the commitment of the membership in relation to employing apprentices, whilst helping a very worthy cause at the same time. This really is a ‘good news’ story – particularly when the future of employer funding for apprenticeships is looking uncertain. It’s great to be able to support such a positive initiative.”

Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, West Midlands said: “We are delighted to have the support of NASC and its members. The money raised from the New Apprentices Challenge will help to support young people with cancer, so they don’t have to face their diagnosis alone.”

For details on how to join the NASC, the launch of the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance, the TG20:13 full suite, and on the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC Launches SG4:15 at AGM

NASC Launches SG4:15 at AGM

The NASC has launched the eagerly-awaited update of the confederation’s core scaffolding fall prevention guidance – SG4:15 – at its AGM in Leeds today (Friday November 27th). 

Fittingly in the confederation’s 70th anniversary year, the widely-recognised and industry standard for safe scaffolding, SG4:15 re-titled ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ – was launched in front of the NASC’s membership, with the document available free to download from the NASC website. Hard copies of the management guidance and SG4:You pocket user guide will follow in due course.

In addition, NASC MD, Robin James also revealed that the updated guidance will be showcased at NASC ’roadshow’ events in 2016.

Whilst many of the principles of SG4 remain unchanged, the fine-tuning “evolution not revolution” updates to the guidance reflect the broader scope introduced by TG20 compliant scaffolds, changes to good practice and industry innovation in the scaffolding sector. 

These include: 

  1. Erecting floor height lifts
  2. Bridging with beams
  3. Loading bay gate installation
  4. Cantilever scaffolding 
  5. Chimney stack scaffolding 
  6. Personal fall protection equipment  

As with previous versions of SG4, the latest SG4:15 update will come in the form of a detailed A4 management guide, ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’  and will be supported by an A5 pocket user guide, SG4:You – providing essential information to scaffolders in a user friendly format.

The NASC’s past President, Kevin Ward said: “SG4 works! The NASC accident statistics speak for themselves and in light of these, this revision has been more of a fine-tuning exercise rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.”

And speaking at the AGM, Mr James said: “We’re very happy to be launching the revised SG4 guidance. Since its inception in the 1990s, SG4 has stood the test of time and evolved to become the de facto standard for the protection of scaffolders working at height. 

“This core NASC publication – backed by BuildUK and principal contractors across the UK and beyond, internationally – continues to focus on prevention and protection, like the ‘Scaffolders’ Safe Zone’, but now also includes a range of updates to reflect changes within the industry, such as the introduction of TG20:13.

“We are confident the latest revision – part of our on-going commitment to update guidance every five years – will be widely accepted by the industry. Working at height is the biggest risk faced by scaffolders and adhering to the principles in SG4:15 will not only serve to offer continual improvement in accident prevention, but will assist users to meet work at height obligations.”  

For details about the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance, 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

And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit:www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC 2015 AGM News Round-Up

NASC 2015 AGM News Round-Up

The NASC held its AGM at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds today (November 27th) – releasing a range of news from the UK scaffolding industry trade body.

•SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Launched
•New President sworn-in: Alan Lilley & Vice-President, Des Moore
•NASC biennial H&S Award winners announced
•2015 Apprentice of the Year unveiled
•New NASC website revealed

The packed agenda – reflecting the high activity levels of the confederation and its membership – included speeches from in-coming President, Alan Lilley (Commercial Scaffolding Ltd), Training Director & CISRS Manager, Dave Mosley and NASC MD, Robin James, to a full audience of NASC contracting, hire and sales and information members.

Addressing the membership, MD Robin James provided a 2015 Annual Review with updates on the activities of the various standing committees (Audit, ASITO, Health & Safety, Technical, Hire, Sales & Manufacturing, Contracts, Employment Affairs & Marketing). And he revealed details of confederation news, including:

1. The launch of SG4:15: ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ – available to download free at www.nasc.org.uk
2. The election of a new NASC President, Alan Lilley. And a new vice-President, Des Moore, of TRAD Group Ltd.
3. NASC Health and Safety biennial award winners: Interserve Industrial Services (100+ employees) – ‘Highly Commended’ runners-up Wood Group Industrial Services Ltd – and Denholm Industrial Services (sub-100 employees) – Connect Scaffolding Ltd ‘Highly Commended’ runners-up.
4. 2015 NASC Apprentice of the Year award winner: Paul Howell of Complete Access, and runner-up Scott Curtin of Connect Scaffolding.
5. The imminent launch of a bold new, user-friendly NASC website – with a revised ‘Find a Member’ service, upgraded and easy-to-navigate Online Shop, prominent social media and more.

NASC MD Robin James said: “With TG20:13 a force for good in the industry, the launch of our core guidance, SG4:15, 553 apprentices created and £58,000+ raised for Teenage Cancer Trust by outgoing President, Kevin Ward – not to mention such positive activity for the confederation and our 260+ members – it’s clear the scaffolding and access industry is booming. And NASC is at the heart of the industry activity.

“As ever, the NASC has been helping to set the industry agenda. And we are confident our new president, Alan Lilley, will play a key role in that – especially with his aims of increasing the membership and helping small and medium sized firms to get on board.

“I would like to thank the standing committee members. They are the lifeblood and shop window of our organisation and are what helps to make us such a force within the scaffolding sector and the wider construction industry.”

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In-coming President, Alan Lilley said: “It is with a sense of pride that I take on the role of President of the confederation for the next two years. I am pleased that the NASC has never been in a stronger position than it is at this time: Membership is at an all time high, our technical and safety guidance is widely published and adopted, the messages we put out are being heard and I now believe the NASC is the premier trade body in the UK.

“It is my aim to increase the NASC membership and to make it attractive to small and medium sized companies in the UK – giving them as much assistance as possible to reach the high standards of the organisation and achieve membership status. The NASC is not a ‘closed shop’– we are open to all bone fide companies where access and scaffolding provides a significant part of their business.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk.

And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC Member Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd Veterans DIY SOS TV Charity Boost

NASC Member Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd Veterans DIY SOS TV Charity Boost

NASC member, Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd have assisted the ‘Walking with the Wounded’ servicemen and women charity – providing free scaffolding services, materials and labour on a special edition of the BBC TV show, DIY SOS.

The two-part BBC One show – hosted by presenter Nick Knowles, which aired in October – followed the story of the creation of a 62-home veterans village on New Street in Newton Heath (near Manchester). The project eventually saw over 350 people working on site in the show, and included a Royal visit by Princes William and Harry.

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NASC members, Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd were asked by Main Contractor Client groups ISG, Kier & Wates to scaffold 17 dwellings with a two-lift access scaffold to suit all trades. The scaffold erection took four days, (two shifts per day), with five men on each shift and three days to dismantle, with six men on each shift.

Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd Manager Paul Crowe said: “As supporter myself of ‘Help for Heroes’ the idea of DIY SOS supporting the charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’ locally was really great and something we wanted to get behind. It was an absolute pleasure taking part in this truly inspirational project… we feel great pride and it was an honour being able to assist.

NASC Prince Harry and William

“Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd was only too willing to provide the materials and labour free of charge for these great causes knowing that the veterans and their families would benefit. As a legacy to our brilliant servicemen and women I truly hope that this project acts as a springboard for future acts of generosity throughout Britain.”

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NASC MD, Robin James said: “Acts of generosity like this for superb charities like ‘Walking with the Wounded’ show the level of corporate responsibility our members, like Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd feel. Every year, we hear of our confederation members giving thousands to great causes like this, which is marvellous. And this was a particularly moving and memorable event.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 document, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC Issues Updated Guidance Notes

NASC Issues Updated Guidance Notes

The NASC has released a raft of seven revised and updated Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG).

These revisions have come as part of the NASC’s on-going commitment to refresh published technical and safety guidance on a five year cycle.

NASC members have received copies of seven guidance notes in the post during November 2015 (marked for the attention of the Managing Director) and these will also be available to full members via download, free of charge, from the members area of the NASC website.

See below for the full list of updated guidance and what’s included:

  • SG6:15 – Manual Handling in the Scaffolding Industry: A well-established document that remains robust and valid (date changes only).
  • SG9:15 – Use, Inspection & Maintenance of Lifting Equipment and Accessories for Lifting in Scaffolding: A complete review with new visuals.
  • SG31:15 – Management of Slips and Trips: Significant changes including added images.
  • TG7:15 – Scaffold Board Nailplates: Date changes only.
  • TG8:15 – Fire Damage: Cost of fire damage evaluation does not warrant recovery of metal components.
  • TG11:15 – Stress Corrosion Cracking in High Tensile and Alloy Steels: Minor amendments only including change of date.
  • TG17:15 – Identification of EN74-1 Couplers: Date changes only.

The technical guidance notes are comprised of short 1-2 page update sheets, whilst the safety guidance notes are longer, made up of six to 48-page documents respectively.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “With a wide range – from a short TG8 update on fire damage, to a much larger SG6 revision on manual handling in the scaffolding industry – these seven revised technical and safety guidance notes will be useful updates for the NASC membership and wider industry.

“The revisions also go to show the lengths that the NASC’s hard working committees go to in keeping guidance up to date with the latest health and safety and technical trends. Publishing these documents is at the heart of what the confederation does – making sure our membership continues to set the industry standard in scaffolding.”

To obtain hard copies of the seven new TG and SG notes, or for details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 document, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC 2016 Yearbook Launches

NASC 2016 Yearbook Cover

NASC 2016 Yearbook Launches

The eagerly anticipated NASC 2016 Yearbook has launched – loaded with 96 pages of UK scaffolding news, Britain’s biggest and best project reports and crucially, details of the impending launch of the NASC core scaffolding fall prevention guidance, SG4:15.

Fittingly in the confederation’s 70th anniversary year, the NASC 2016 Yearbook documents the imminent release of the industry standard for safe scaffolding, SG4:15 – re-titled ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.’

The flagship safety guidance note SG4:15 is described in the Yearbook as “evolution not revolution” and features a broader scope to reflect a significant increase in the number of TG20 compliant scaffolds, changes to scaffolding good practice and innovation in the industry.

In addition, NASC Managing Director Robin James reports on an upturn in the scaffolding sector, the impact and influence of the NASC’s TG20:13 good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding and innovative eGuide, the revised SG4:15 Safety Guidance and the forthcoming election of a new NASC President.

NASC President elect, Alan Lilley reports on another busy year chairing the Audit Committee – when even the auditors themselves have been audited – and talks about plans for his forthcoming Presidency, including his intention to increase the profile of the confederation to the construction industry, especially amongst the smaller scaffold companies in the UK.

Meanwhile, there’s also coverage of the outstanding achievement of outgoing NASC President, Kevin Ward – whose New Apprentices Challenge has created more than 400 scaffolding apprentices, and raised thousands of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 2016 Yearbook also features a number of articles from the Chairs of NASC standing committees (Training, Audit, Health & Safety, Technical, Hire & Sales and Contracts) as well as listings and updates on CISRS training and SAEMA (Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association).

Also included in the NASC 2016 Yearbook is detailed information about the confederation and who’s who in the organisation. And there are details on how to become an NASC member/membership criteria, a list of current NASC publications, the NASC Code of Conduct, and a fully documented listing for all 260 NASC Full Contracting, Hire & Sales and Information members.

The NASC 2016 Yearbook has been designed, edited and printed by Construction Manager publishers Atom, with an evolution of the re-design and new look introduced in 2015. This re-vamp incorporates a striking cover and contents page, a complete overhaul of the information sections and committee listings, together with further improvements – including a fully loaded Project Reports section.

Robin James said: “With the 70th anniversary, the launch of SG4:15, a new President in Alan Lilley and continued growth and innovation within the scaffolding sector, it’s very promising stuff for the confederation and its members in 2016 – as reflected in the contents of the 2016 Yearbook; surely a ‘must-read’ publication for anyone in the scaffolding and construction industries.

“The bold new design introduced last year went down very well and is equally eye-catching and easy to navigate this time around – not to mention packed with an outstanding array of scaffolding projects by members, scaffolding content, news, opinion and advertising by the membership.

“Despite the fact that we live in a ‘digital age’ this publication seems to improve with every year. It’s clear that people still like to have a copy of the NASC Yearbook in their hands to read at their leisure. And again, the NASC Yearbook testifies to the unique skill set and versatility of NASC contracting members across the UK, with phenomenal projects on display.

“I would urge all who work within the scaffolding sector – and indeed the wider construction industry – to read the NASC 2016 Yearbook.”

In addition to the 96 page printed version, an e-reader version of the NASC 2016 Yearbook is available to view here and via the NASC website home page.

To obtain a hard copy of the 2016 Yearbook, or for details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about SG4;15, TG20:13 and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk