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NASC Members GKR Scaffolding Win CN Specialist Award

NASC Members GKR Scaffolding Win CN Specialist Award

NASC member company GKR Scaffolding Ltd last night won the coveted Access and Scaffolding ‘Specialist of the Year’ award at the illustrious Construction News (CN) Specialist Awards 2016 – against some of the UK’s top scaffolding contractors, including two other NASC member companies.

London-based GKR Scaffolding have just celebrated 21-years in business and have recently created their own in-house GKR Academy. The academy gives employment training opportunities for scaffolding labourers and operatives to progress to management positions within the firm. And the NASC scaffolding contractors have also just celebrated 500,000+ hours without incurring a RIDDOR incident – proving their track record in health and safety.

GKR Scaffolding submitted a CN Specialist Awards application in the access and scaffolding specialist contractor category, focusing on their work on iconic London projects, like the complex and high risk, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, run by principal contractor Sir Robert McAlpine – London’s first billion pound construction job.

Speaking about the Bloomberg project, GKR Scaffolding Ltd Director, Lee Rowswell said: “We were appointed early to try and unlock the project and solve workable solutions to the client’s demanding ideas. One of the many challenges was to construct a hoist run-off tower that could be moved at any-time to enable the stone cladding to progress on the external façade of the building.

“And as Bloomberg is to be clad in stone and bronze and the bronze is not repairable, GKR made the decision to use a fully tethered system on all scaffolds on the project – giving our client the reassurance that nothing could ever damage the bronze.”

Other key GKR Scaffolding Bloomberg project statistics included:

* 178,836 Man Hours without RIDDOR or Minor Injury

* 3,836 tonnes of scaffold materials on site

* 1,206 aluminium beams to the base of the scenic lift shafts

* 256 deliveries to site with materials out of hours to avoid congestion within the City of London.

Lee and Neil Rowswell, GKR Scaffolding Ltd Directors stated: “It’s a great honour to win this award, which is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone who works at GKR. We would not have been able to achieve this without the engagement of our workforce and their commitment to drive health and safety performance and deliver high standards throughout all stages of the project.

“In the year GKR Scaffolding Limited is celebrating 21 years of excellence in scaffolding, we have been trusted again by our clients to deliver safe, innovative scaffold solutions on time and budget. This award has recognised this achievement and more specifically the work we have been doing with the GKR Academy, our health & safety performance and high rise work.”

In addition to GKR’s Access and Scaffolding category win, two other NASC members, St Helens Plant & Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding were shortlisted for the award, with Penzance-based Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding coming in “Highly Commended” runners-up, for their sliding temporary roof work on Lloyds Bank in Bristol and Penzance. And the Cornish company were also nominated for Apprentice of the Year (Dean Fry) and Project of the Year.

NASC MD, Robin James added: “We’d like to congratulate GKR Scaffolding Ltd on winning this coveted award, which has, more often than not, historically gone to NASC members. The London firm set themselves very high standards and work on some fantastic high rise projects in the city and beyond. They are worthy winners of the award.

“A special mention must also be made to past winners of the award, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding, who were ‘Highly Commended’ again, and to St Helens Plant for their nomination. It’s fabulous to see so much support for the work of our contracting and supplier members from the industry and leading construction press. Awards and nominations like this for our confederation members only serve to strengthen our position as the national trade body for the scaffolding and access sector.”

The prestigious awards ceremony – billed by top construction media title, Construction News as “Celebrating the very best specialist contractors in the UK” – took place on the 24th February at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.

A Construction News spokesperson said: “We’d like to say congratulations to all our winners and finalists who have made the cut from a bumper crop of excellent entries and to thank all of the companies that took part this year.“

Results from this media industry event have been shared on the NASC’s Twitter feed (@NASCscaffolding), and will be posted on the CN website here and on the CN Specialist Awards website (https://specialistsawards.cnplus.co.uk). And more information can be found online here.

For details about becoming an NASC member, or 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. Or for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

 

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NASC Donation to Lighthouse Charity

NASC Donation to Lighthouse Charity

The NASC has made a £2,700 donation to The Lighthouse Club ‘Construction Industry Charity.’

The money was raised for the charity which has delivered welfare and support to the construction community since 1956 from NASC supplier members’ contributions made towards the NASC 2015 Annual Ball tombola in Leeds, November 2015. And the substantial donation (over £1,000) now bestowed the NASC with the club’s “Charity Champions” status.

The construction charity cause is a particular favourite of new NASC Vice President, Des Moore, CEO of TRAD Scaffolding Group. He said: “The Lighthouse Club is the UK’s leading construction charity and we are only too happy to contribute to support this worthy cause, in our capacity as as the UK trade body for access and scaffolding. The charity does great work for the whole construction industry – not only in supporting those working within the sector and providing education to enhance people’s careers, but also to help make construction a safer industry, which is at the very core of what the NASC does.”

And NASC President Alan Lilley added: “It’s great to see NASC members being so generous with their donations to fabulous charitable organisations, like this one to the Lighthouse Club, which is all part of our wider corporate responsibility programme within the confederation. And we are thrilled to have been granted “Charity Champions” status by the organisation.”

Mandy Mallitt of the Lighthouse Club said: “This amazing amount will make such a difference to those families that come to us in their time of need, it really is very much appreciated.”

The Lighthouse Club exists to:

  • Provide… financial assistance, welfare and wellbeing advice and emotional and legal support to the construction community to relieve hardship and stress.
  • Promote… initiatives aimed at avoiding accidents and improving safety on construction sites.
  • Support… educational initiatives aimed at improving employment conditions and career opportunities within the construction industry.
  • Support and deliver… local and national events that embrace networking, fundraising and fellowship within the construction industry.

More details can be found on the club on their website here (http://www.lighthouseclub.org).

And 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. Or for further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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NASC Launches New Website

NASC Launches New Website

The NASC has launched a new website – www.nasc.org.uk – offering a radical new look, modern desktop and mobile optimised functionality, user-friendly online shop, integrated social media and news feeds, and a plethora of scaffolding and access information.

This large scale website re-development project – which has been ongoing for six months and has been managed by NASC’s Membership and Communications Manager, Jamie McGuire – has been steered by London-based website development and creative agency, Deep. Their team of website developers, designers and coders were charged by NASC with ‘simplifying the user experience, engaging users with diverse, accessible content, maximising the impact of the NASC’s busy social media platforms, driving traffic to a re-vamped online store and creating a new-look, engaging, high functionality and mobile optimised website, to suit modern user habits.’

The new website features simplified and enhanced access to the NASC online shop – with clearly labelled member and non-member pricing structures for the NASC’s Safety and Technical guidance, and colour coded navigation. There is also separate, easy to find expanded sections for core technical and safety guidance (TG & SG), like TG20:13 (‘Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’) and SG4:15 (‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.’)

In addition, there is a whole new membership section – to reflect the current NASC President, Alan Lilley’s desire to boost SME’s to join the organisation. And the site also includes a fully-loaded member’s area – with access for Full, Non-Contracting and Information Only members.

Further information sections have been added to the new site, offering quick access to the NASC’s Product Code of Practice, NASC Yearbook, Annual Safety Reports, video guidance, media libraries, FAQs, useful links and scaffolding training sections. And the menu systems – on both desktop and mobile (phone and tablet) versions – are simple and easy to navigate, with a large, moving home page slider offering quick links to key areas.

The new website also now hosts a news and social media hub – accessed primarily from the home page, but also via the simple header and footer menus – allowing users to keep up to speed with the latest NASC updates, with a busy news section and constantly-updated social media platform.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “It’s important to make sure we move with the times as the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK – so that industry-leading safety and technical guidance is as accessible and visible as possible.

“Undertaking a full re-build of the website and online shop is no small task and we’d like to thank the agency, Deep for their hard work in creating something special and accurate to the brief. We are confident that members, non-members, the  media, the construction industry and the public will benefit from the new website.”

NASC Marketing Manager, Phil Royle said: “The driving force of the project was to modernise the out-going website, make the online shop more visible and user-friendly, carry across a wealth of important safety and technical guidance and create more brand awareness – assisting in our mission to encourage membership sign-ups and the continued growth of the organisation.

“We are thrilled with the result. The new website better reflects our brand values and position within the construction industry, whilst offering users a richer, simpler and mobile-optimised user experience – perfect for the times we live in. It’s loaded with great content, industry news, up to date scaffolding guidance and vibrant social media. We’d encourage everyone to check it out.”

Discover the new website at: www.nasc.org.uk, where you will find details about becoming an NASC member, more about the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance notes, details on the TG20:13 full suite the online shop, active news and social media and much more.

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CISRS Supervisors & Managers Refresher Course Goes Live

CISRS Supervisors & Managers Refresher Course Goes Live

From the 1st March 2016 anyone wishing to renew their CISRS Scaffolding Supervisor/Manager card will be required to complete the newly developed refresher/CPD course.

The course has been developed for CISRS by Rick Statham Managing Director of Safety and Access Ltd. Following the recent successful completion of a Pilot course which was attended by scaffolding Supervisors from IBN Scaffold Access Ltd (Barnsley), High Peak Scaffolding Ltd (Buxton), CISRS Lead Instructors Tony Barry (NCC Midlands), Stuart Hemmings (WATA), Rob Nichols (Safety and Access) plus CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley, all of whom are due to renew their CISRS Supervisor/Managers cards in 2016.

Rick Statham (Safety and Access) said: “There was a really good mix of delegates attending the pilot course which made for some interesting debate and produced some suggested tweaks to the course content which have since been incorporated.”

The introduction of the refresher/CPD course for Supervisors which is in addition to the work carried out by the CISRS Standardisation working party is the first step in an initiative to introduce this type of programme for the whole of the CISRS scheme. Both HSE and the wider industry are great supporters of CISRS but had requested that they gave consideration to CPD which would reflect what a lot of other industry recognised qualifications require.

The programme would be two days in duration and will cover the following areas:

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 and Allocation of Duties

Effective Supervision

Statutory Scaffold Inspections and Inspection Practices

Behavioural Safety overview

Effective Communication (including basic presentation skills, briefings and Toolbox talks)

Risk Assessment & Method Statement        

Delegates are required to complete RAMS for several case studies.

Delegates will be required 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 Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley (CISRS) said: “CISRS Supervisor/Manager’s cards are recognised by Build UK and the wider industry, however Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) and Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) courses are often favoured by clients when requesting Supervisory training for those working on their sites. CISRS feel that as their course covers all the generic topics covered in the the SSSTS/SMSTS courses but is delivered with a trade specific slant that CISRS courses have more value and relevance to those working in the scaffolding sector. We are currently considering allowing those working full time within the sector who already hold SSSTS or SMSTS the opportunity of attending the new CISRS Supervisor/Manager CPD course and making them eligible to apply for a CISRS Supervisor card.”

Course materials will be passed onto to the approved providers imminently in order to be ready for the 1st March launch date.

For further details about the Scaffolding Supervisor Refresher course, other CISRS card courses, training changes following the introduction of TG20:13 and SG4:15, information and dates on courses available, a list of approved training providers, or to find out more about CISRS, please visit www.cisrs.org.uk or email enquiries@cisrs.org.uk.

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Multiple NASC Members Nominated For CN Specialist Awards

Multiple NASC Members Nominated For CN Specialist Awards

Three NASC member companies – GKR Scaffolding, St Helens Plant & Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding – have been shortlisted for the Construction News (CN) Specialist Awards 2016.

The three NASC firms are in a shortlist of eight UK contractors – all nominated in the Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year category for their outstanding projects in the UK, or for their stand out work in the scaffolding sector.

And members, Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding are actually nominated for three awards – Access & Scaffolding Specialist, Apprentice of the Year (Dean Fry) and Project of the Year (Lloyds bank).

The prestigious awards ceremony – billed by top construction media title, Construction News as “Celebrating the very best specialist contractors in the UK” – will take place on the 24th February at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.

Lynn Way of Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding, who have been nominated five years in a row (and won in 2012 and 2015) said: “We are delighted to have been nominated once again for the CN Specialist awards. The standards we set ourself in our scaffolding and access projects are incredibly high, and it’s nice to get recognition for that dedication for our hardworking team. It’s quite a big year for us, as we are up for three awards. We’re not expecting to win them all obviously, but we have got our fingers crossed.”

Lee Rowswell, GKR Scaffolding Ltd. Director said: “We are extremely honoured to be nominated for the third year running for this award. We are committed to raising the standards of scaffolding by investing in our people and finding a better way to deliver projects safely to the highest standards. This nomination exemplifies the work we have been doing for the past 21 years.”

And Gordon Pilling of St Helens Plant said: “St Helens Plant Ltd were considered for the awards because of the unique services we offer to the scaffolding sector – as the only fully encompassing reconditioning and manufacturing facility of non-mechanical plant in the UK. Through our facility we see at source the standard of re-used equipment and also some of the imported products that show early defects.”

NASC MD, Robin James added: “Once again, NASC members have made up a large proportion of the nominations in this Access & Scaffolding Specialist of the Year CN Awards category, and others too – proving that the strictly audited and regulated standards to which they adhere are creating remarkable projects and access solutions across the UK. We’d like to wish all three companies the very best of luck for the awards ceremony.”

A Construction News spokesperson said: “We’d like to say congratulations to all our finalists who have made the cut from a bumper crop of excellent entries and to thank all of the companies that took part this year.“

Results from this media industry event will be shared on the NASC’s Twitter feed (@NASCscaffolding). And for details about becoming an NASC member, or 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. Or for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC Set To Attract Smaller Scaffolding Firms In 2016

NASC Set To Attract Smaller Scaffolding Firms In 2016

The NASC has made a bold move to attract small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) scaffolding firms to the confederation – by reducing the minimum subscription threshold, specifically:

  • From 1st January 2016 a lower subscription tier has been created.
  • Companies with annual turnover below £1 million will be charged an annual subscription of just £995 + VAT.
  • Subscriptions for companies with a turnover between £1 million and £1,376,200 (the previous minimum annual turnover) will increase incrementally from £995 to £1,600 + VAT.

This NASC initiative was announced at the organisation’s AGM on 27th November 2015 – reflecting the newly sworn-in President Alan Lilley’s desire to attract greater numbers of smaller scaffolding contractors to the NASC.

Furthermore, the confederation is also in the process of fine-tuning a range of benefits for small companies wishing to apply for membership, with details to follow in the trade press, news releases, on social media and at 2016 NASC events.

MD Robin James said: “The NASC is an inclusive organisation. We are looking to broaden the appeal of membership to smaller companies who are prepared to comply with our code of conduct, our robust auditing procedure, and help us to set the standard for scaffolding here in the UK.

“In reducing the NASC minimum annual subscription rate, we are facilitating the creation of a level playing field for the smaller scaffolding contractor. This will enable NASC to regulate this important sector of the industry – helping to drive up standards.”

NASC President Alan Lilley added: “It is one of my main aims as the new NASC President to alter the false “club” perception of the confederation and to increase the membership – especially within the UK’s elite small and medium sized scaffolding firms. And this starts with us lowering the turnover threshold to £1 million and the annual subscription to below £1,000, effective from 1st January 2016.

“The NASC is also very happy to provide support with membership applications (including meeting the requirements for membership and completing the application form, for example). This will hopefully give every applicant the best chance of passing the application process and getting them on the right path for a successful desktop and site audit.

“We look forward to receiving applications from smaller scaffolding contractors with the same high standards to which our members adhere, and we wish them luck with their membership journey.”

For details on changes to NASC membership subscription criteria, 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 Apprentice of the Year 2015 Winner Presentation

NASC Apprentice of the Year 2015, Paul Howell has recently received his winner’s trophy and a cash prize of £500 during a presentation ceremony carried out at the West Yorkshire offices of his employer Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd (CASL).

The presentation was made by NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley and Apprentice of the Year Scheme Judge and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Scaffolding Specialist Account Co-ordinator Diane Wood.

Paul, 28 received his accolade alongside his Managing Director, Tony McDonald and Health & Safety Manager, Mick Shepherd, who also received a trophy and cash prize as employers of the NASC Apprentice of the Year award winner.

NASC were looking for ‘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.’

Paul had worked for CASL as a labourer for a period of time, but both he and his employer felt it was time for him to move forward with his career and commence a scaffolding apprenticeship. It was during this period that he showed his absolute commitment to the programme, without missing any of his practical training or work based experience – despite a chain of highly traumatic events in his life, including the death of his father and very shortly after this his partner also being diagnosed with a serious illness.

CITB’s Mrs Wood said: “I have chosen Paul 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.”

CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley added: “On meeting Paul, you can see that he is a very level headed and committed young man. He has managed to gain his scaffolding qualifications under circumstances which would have understandably seen many others drop out. He thoroughly deserves this award, he is a credit to himself, his employer and a great example to the wider industry of the calibre of the people who work within scaffolding.”

Mick Shepherd of Complete Access Scaffolding who made the submission for the award on Paul’s behalf also commented: “The way Paul conducted himself during a very stressful time in his life has showed he has the mental ability to cope with anything life can throw at him. He has been an inspiration to all at Complete. Never once has he let his personal situation affect his attitude to work and his commitment to complete his training.”

In addition to the NASC’s Apprentice of the Year Award, Paul has also been awarded a CITB apprentice “Achievement Through Adversity” commendation “for his commitment to his training, in the face of difficult personal circumstances” at a CITB National Awards Ceremony in London, by TV presenter, Helen Skelton.

This is only the second year the NASC have held this Apprentice of the Year award, but the quality of the submissions has been at the highest level. And a special mention should also be given to the runner-up, Scott Curtin of Connect Scaffolding Ltd (with both Scott and his employer also receiving a trophy and a cash prize).

For details about scaffolding apprenticeships, scaffolding training, 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.