NASC 2015 Health and Safety Award
The NASC is requesting entries from its 200+ full contracting members for its biennial Health and Safety awards.
Any NASC contracting member company wishing to be considered for an award must complete a questionnaire and return it for judging by a specially selected panel of industry experts no later than 31 August 2015.
As in previous years, the NASC Health and Safety awards will fall into two categories: companies with up to 100 employees, and companies with more than 100 employees.
Winners of the awards will be announced at the NASC 2015 AGM, which is being held at The Queens Hotel in Leeds on Friday 27 November. And in addition to being presented with a trophy and a certificate at the AGM by the incoming NASC President Allan Lilley, the winners will be entitled to use a bespoke NASC 2015 Health and Safety Award logo (Winners or Highly Commended) on their corporate literature and company website, for a period of two years.
The NASC Health and Safety Awards judging panel – consisting of members of the NASC Health and Safety Committee and industry experts – set six health and safety questions to member companies. Winners are then selected based on their responses to the questionnaire.
Ken Johnson (NASC Health and Safety Support) said: “The Health and Safety Committee is inviting entries from the entire NASC contracting membership. In previous years, members were selected on the basis of completed accident returns for the annual NASC Safety Report. It is now considered that how health and safety issues are dealt with represents a better measure of the way that a member is addressing health and safety, together with procedures for the control and management of safety. We look forward to announcing the winners at the NASC AGM in November.”
NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “We look forward to welcoming entries for these prestigious biennial awards, which champion safety and good practice in scaffolding generally. This is something which is at the very core of what the NASC is all about. Many thanks to members of the NASC Health and Safety Committee and the judges for their input and involvement as they select the winners. The standard of entries is always extremely high and the event is now well-established in the NASC calendar, with a real incentive being the ability to carry bespoke NASC Health and Safety Award Winners or Highly Commended branding on company literature and websites.”
To obtain an entry form for the NASC Health and Safety Awards, and to obtain details about these biennial awards, as well as more information about becoming an NASC member or to find out more about the NASC generally – NASC is the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK– visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. And to obtain digital PDF copy of the NASC 2015 Safety Report please visit www.nasc.org.uk/safety_reports.
The NASC and Plentific announce online agreement to promote the use of regulated scaffolding contractors
The NASC has entered an agreement with leading property platform Plentific to promote the use of regulated scaffolding contractor members to the construction industry and wider markets.
www.plentific.com is a fully-integrated platform for property projects, enabling users to find scaffolding contractors and other property specialists for their housing projects.
And the NASC has just created a profile on the national website service to support homeowners, property developers and the wider industry in their search for reliable scaffolding contractors. NASC members will be able to create and promote their business profiles on Plentific for free, and clients will contact members with projects via the platform.
The Plentific business model means that there are no upfront marketing costs, as a small commission fee is charged only on those projects which are successfully completed. Plentific, which stands for ‘plenty’ of ‘fantastic’ resources, launched in April 2014 and is working with hundreds of professionals to aggressively build out its offering to homebuyers, property investors and entrepreneurs.
NASC Managing Director Robin James said: “This partnership with Plentific will increase awareness of the high quality work delivered by NASC members in the construction industry – setting the standard for safe, compliant and regulated scaffolding. And this partnership represents a great opportunity for the 200+ NASC contractor members to promote their scaffolding operations on a popular property portal.”
Plentific co-founder Cem Savas said: “Connecting our clients with the best specialists is what we do. Knowing that a scaffolding contractor is an NASC member reassures our users that their chosen professional will manage their project to the highest standard in accordance with industry best practice.”
To obtain details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC, the UK scaffolding industry trade body, visit www.nasc.org.uk or email: email@example.com. And to find out more about Plentific, visit www.Plentific.com.
NASC Members Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd win Cornish Family Business of the Year Award
South West NASC members, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd have won the Best Family Business Award in the recent 10th Annual Cornwall Business Awards.
These awards are organised and presented by the Cornwall Development Company in association with Business Cornwall Magazine and the Cornwall Chamber. They are billed as being “the most prestigious awards in the county and a celebration of innovation and achievement.” The award ceremony took place at St. Mellion International Resort on 14 May.
A spokesperson for the Cornish Awards said: “The Cornwall Business Awards are a celebration of innovation, achievement, and entrepreneurial spirit within the Cornish business community. This prestigious evening event shines a spotlight on the amazing people who help drive the Cornish economy and make it one of the best places in the country to do business.”
NASC’s Managing Director, Robin James said: “Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd is a family-run company with tremendous expertise in the scaffolding industry. They have been involved in a series of fascinating scaffolding contracts and have now achieved local as well as national recognition, having recently won the coveted Access & Scaffolding category at the Construction News 2015 Specialists Awards.
“We are very happy for them and wish them well with their current and future projects. They join an elite group of award winners and nominees within the NASC membership, all of whom strive for the highest standards of safety and industry best practice at all times.”
Chris Sedgeman of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd (who also recently had a pre-election visit by the Prime Minister, David Cameron) said: “It’s fantastic to have won best family business at the Cornwall Business Awards, especially up against such good Cornish companies, and to be recognised for all the hard work put in by the company last year. We would like to thank all our staff, customers, and suppliers for their continual support, it is greatly appreciated.”
The Cornish scaffolding firm – responsible for recent scaffolding contracts on Lloyds Bank in Penzance, Penzance Railway Station, Dawlish Sea Defences, St Michael’s Mount, Bodmin Keep Military Museum, Lundy Island Lighthouse and a Plettac pyramid system scaffold at South Crofty Tin Mine – won a Silver award in the same Cornwall Business Awards category in 2013.
NASC and CISRS set to exhibit at Safety & Health Expo at London ExCel 16-18 June 2015
The NASC and CISRS are set to exhibit at the UK’s largest and leading health and safety event at London’s ExCeL – the Safety & Health Expo, June 16-18.
Visitors to the 2015 Expo – which attracts 15,000+ people and this year sees presentations at the linked IOSH conference by Baroness Karren Brady, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE and Sir Chris Hoy – will be treated to over 350 exhibitors, including NASC on Stand V2125 which will feature a five metre scaffolding tower built by NASC members, TRAD Scaffolding, as an unmissable centre piece.
The intention is to promote the work of the NASC and the scaffolding industry
training organisation, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) to the construction and health and safety industries. Particular emphasis will be given to the forthcoming launch of SG4:15 – the confederation’s “core safety guidance” for work at height, in addition to the recent launch of the NASC 2015 Safety Report and the NASC good practice guide to tube and fitting scaffolding, TG20:13.
NASC and CISRS staff, member representatives, and scaffolding industry experts will be on hand to discuss access and scaffolding issues and industry guidance and publications. And there will be a range of NASC promotional literature and marketing material available, including the NASC 2015 Yearbook, the NASC 2015 Safety Report, CISRS publications, recent press releases, and an NASC/CISRS “goody bag.” NASC staff will also be offering demonstrations and the opportunity to sample the innovative TG20:13 eGuide – in both PC and android device formats – on the stand.
The Safety & Health Expo is run exclusively with the support of IOSH, RoSPA and the BSIF, and is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe. Safety & Health Expo organisers say: “The Safety & Health Expo has established itself as the definitive UK industry event, consistently attracting health and safety decision makers from multiple sectors with responsibilities across the UK, Europe and international markets. It is designed to meet the needs of the UK and the international health and safety industry.”
NASC MD, Robin James said: “We are thrilled to be back at the Safety & Health Expo this June, with a bigger stand for 2015, following an enormous number of enquiries, interest in the organisation, and dialogue with construction and health and safety representatives at the corresponding 2014 event.
“With so much new and revised safety and technical guidance available to the scaffolding industry, and the construction sector, including TG20:13 guidance for tube and fitting scaffolding (and its associated eGuide) and with industry keenly awaiting SG4:15 – the NASC needs to have good visibility at this high profile event. We want to demonstrate to the health and safety industry and the construction sector what we are doing to improve safety standards as the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK.”
CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “CISRS is constantly engaged in developing and refining scaffolding training courses. This event gives CISRS an opportunity to tell the industry what we are doing to improve training standards in the UK, and globally with the CISRS Overseas Training Scheme (OSTS). We are very pleased to have a presence at the Safety & Health Expo, and we hope that people will come and visit us over the three days.”
For details about becoming an NASC member, and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffolding industry representative trade body, please visit www.nasc.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. And for more information on CISRS please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk.
And to discover more about the Safety & Health Expo, June 16-18, or to register for the event, please visit: www.safety-health-expo.co.uk
CISRS and Safety & Access Overseas Training Scheme (OSTS) Success in Middle East
The CISRS Overseas Training Scheme (OSTS) received a further boost in April – as CISRS Scheme Manager, David Mosley granted re-accreditation to the Safety & Access Middle East Centre in Ajman (UAE), opened a brand new purpose-built centre in Qatar, and took part in a high profile scaffolding conference in the region.
The Ajman Centre has been granted CISRS approval for a third year in succession – with interest in the scheme continuing to improve with each accreditation visit. Course numbers have been increasing steadily and will be further boosted in May with a delegation of Chinese scaffolders travelling from Iraq to carry out CISRS OSTS training in the UAE. Safety & Access Middle East is also set to deliver a series of onsite courses in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks.
The new Qatar centre – which is a joint venture with Safety & Access and local company Aecor – is located at Al Khor, close to Ras Laffan, which is a major industrial area. It was awarded its accreditation by David Mosley, following a strict audit process. The centre received a very favourable report, which noted that the classrooms and the practical areas were fitted out to “a very high specification.” The report also stated that brand new scaffolding materials were present for training purposes.
Safety & Access now have two training centres in the Middle East which can offer Level 1–3 Scaffolder training, Scaffolding Supervisor courses, Basic and Advanced Scaffold Inspection, plus system product training, with an option to train on site if required.
CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley said: “It’s great to see the OSTS scheme taking off in the Middle East. We are rapidly becoming the scaffolder training scheme of choice both in this region and the Far East with over 2,500 card holders. The new Safety & Access/Aecor facility in Qatar marks another significant milestone in the development of CISRS training outside the UK”.
In addition to training centre audits, Mr Mosley joined Rick Statham, Joint Managing Director for Safety & Access, to speak about CISRS OSTS training at a major industry conference – aiming to promote formal scaffolding training standards to access, construction and industry professionals from leading businesses in the Middle East. These included Qatar Gas, Shell, Japanese Gas Corporation, Ras Gas, Samsung Heavy Industry, Maersk, Carillion and Cape.
The conference, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts in Qatar, was attended by over 70 delegates and received wide local media coverage.
Mr Mosley added: “The CISRS presentation was well received and the resultant question and answer session was very lively. It was great to spread the NASC and CISRS message to a lot of major players. I would like to thank the organisers of the conference, the delegates and all the speakers, Dave Russell (AECOR), Rick Statham (Safety & Access) and Ricky Morgan (CCC) for making it an informative and successful day.”
Rick Statham, Safety & Access added: “The CISRS OSTS scheme is based upon the successful UK scaffolding competence scheme and we are very proud to be associated with this. There are other schemes in the region which claim to meet the requirement for scaffolder training, however none of these schemes are as rigorous as the CISRS OSTS scheme. We believe that through consistent high quality delivery and adoption by clients the CISRS OSTS scaffolding training scheme will soon be perceived as the premier standard for access training.
“We have been working with our partners on the Qatar project for the last year and are delighted that we have now reached our aim of CISRS accreditation. The availability of CISRS OSTS training at Al Khor is of great interest to clients who are seeking formal qualifications in scaffolding. We were overwhelmed by the attendance at the conference and we think that this clearly demonstrates a real appetite in Qatar to enhance an already well-established safety culture.”
CISRS Simian Skill Middle East Overseas Training Scheme (OSTS) Centre Re-accredited
Simian Skill’s FZ-LLC CISRS approved Overseas Training Scheme (OSTS) centre in Al Qorz, near Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has gained CISRS accreditation – for the third year running.
The news came following a recent visit and strict audit by CISRS scheme Manager, David Mosley to the purpose-built training centre, just five miles from the Burj Al Arab. Simian Skill’s Senior Instructor Andrew Sharp and local instructor and interpreter, Abid Gul oversaw the CISRS audit with Mr Mosley – showcasing the centre’s training facilities, whilst undertaking both CISRS (OSTS) Level 1 Scaffolder and CISRS (OSTS) Supervisor courses during visit.
The training centre offers a full range of CISRS courses including Level 1, 2, 3 Scaffolding, Basic Scaffold Inspection, Scaffolding Supervisor, plus Layher, Cuplok and Kwikstage system product training. Advanced Scaffold Inspection will be added to their portfolio in the coming months.
Over the past year the centre has dealt with over 300 OSTS card applications, with trainees coming from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the surrounding areas and also from as far afield as the Ivory Coast, Philippines and Nigeria. The CISRS scheme has attracted delegates from several large companies within the region such as Qatar Gas, Safco Saudi Arabia, Al Mubdee Scaffolding Dubai and Harsco.
Simian Skill Operations Director, Ian Fyall said: “Simian are delighted to receive their CISRS accreditation for the third year running, its great to be working with CISRS and helping to grow the brand in the Middle East. It’s no easy task when there are so many other schemes to work against offering less days and less practical training. However we persevere as we know it will become the scheme of choice over time, as it has over the last 40 years in the UK.”
CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley added: “Simian Skill have been instrumental in helping to establish the OSTS scheme within the region – playing an important role in passing the landmark of 2500 OSTS card holders, and cementing CISRS as the scaffolding training scheme of choice in the, UAE and beyond. The Simian Skill FZ-LLC Training Centre facilities are excellent, as is the standard of teaching. We wish the centre every success in producing many more OSTS qualified scaffolders, supervisors and inspectors over the coming years.”