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3rd CISRS OSTS Centre to Open in Oman early 2018

3rd CISRS OSTS Centre to Open in Oman Early 2018

A brand-new Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) centre based in the Rosayl region of Oman will open for business early in 2018, following a successful pre-accreditation visit carried out by Dave Mosley the Scheme Manager.

This venture will be the 2nd Partnership for UK Provider Safety and Access Ltd within the region and will complement their other facility located in Nizwa.

The new centre will be operated in collaboration with local company Knowledge Grid LLC who already offer a wide range of both Health and Safety and practical training and qualifications including Nebosh, IOSH, Lifting and Hoists.

Mark Luddington, Access and Lifting Manager of Knowledge Grid in Oman stated:

“Knowledge Grid are dedicated to reducing injuries, accidents and environmental impact and also ensuring compliance with local and international regulations. We look to achieve this by providing high-quality training. Our partnership with Safety and Access allowing us to deliver CISRS OSTS will help us to achive these aims within the scaffolding sector.”

There is a growing demand for recognised accredited training within the region. Rick Statham Joint Managing Director for Safety & Access commented:

“We are delighted to be able to offer training from this second facility. The existing Centre has been open for almost 12 months and is proving a great success. The ability to offer training close to Muscat is key to meeting the overall demand. There has been a fantastic commitment from the Oman government to provide funding for Oman nationals to achieve recognised qualifications and the new Centre will certainly help to facilitate that.”

The CISRS pre-accreditation audit of the facilities was undertaken by Dave Mosley from CISRS earlier this month and he was impressed with the commitment that the local partner Knowledge grid had shown in sourcing a new venue away from their main centre and transforming it from an empty warehouse style unit into a CISRS OSTS training centre. He said:

“The centre is almost ready to go with only a few minor actions required, once these have been completed, Safety and Access/Knowledge Gird will have an excellent facility. A new toilet and shower block and also a new dining area are currently being installed. If you see the images of what the building looked like when the training providers first acquired it compared to what it looks like now you realise the time, effort and commitment that has gone into achieving CISRS accreditation.”

During the visit CISRS and Safety and Access took the opportunity to meet with some of the local stakeholders such as Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and the local accreditation body. Presentations were delivered to highlight the OSTS training content and the growing success of the international scheme overall.  PDO have agreed to include a requirement for CISRS OSTS qualification for their future projects within the region.

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NASC 2017 Health & Safety Awards presented at NASC AGM

NASC 2017 Health & Safety Awards presented at NASC AGM

The biennial NASC Health & Safety Awards were presented by Karren Brady CBE, business woman, football director, and star of TV’s The Apprentice, and Des Moore, the newly appointed NASC President, and CEO of the TRAD Group, in front of a packed audience of members and guests attending the NASC AGM at the Intercontinental Park Lane, London on Friday 24 November 2017.

The awards are a well-established part of the NASC calendar, and are highly-prized. Contracting members of all types and sizes are urged to submit entries for the awards, and this year, in order to encourage more smaller organisations to enter, the award was split into two categories, 1-66 Employees and 67+ Employees.

A total of nine entries were submitted across both categories.

The 2017 requirement was for entrants to answer seven searching questions by providing responses of no more than 250 words in each instance, supported by evidence. Questions included the following:

1. Demonstrate how directors and senior management have taken an active and leading role in promoting health and safety in their organisation.
2. Show how the organisation investigates health and safety incidents (and near misses) also how lessons learned are implemented.
3. Show how the organisation works in accordance with guidance outlined in SG4:15, with provision of examples to demonstrate how this is promoted to the workforce.

Before announcing the winners, Adrian Rooney (Midland Scaffolding Services Ltd, and Chair of the NASC Health & Safety Committee) noted that this year’s NASC 2017 Safety Report had once again demonstrated that member contractors continued to out-perform the industry, and that member accident statistics had fallen for the tenth year in a row.

He also thanked those who participated in the work of the NASC Health & Safety Committee for their considerable time and commitment, noting that most guidance titles were now available to download free of charge from the NASC website www.nasc.org.uk

Mr Rooney then announced the winners and highly commended entries for the NASC 2017 Health & Safety Awards, and invited member representatives to receive their trophies and certificates.

1-66 Employees

Winner Malvern Scaffolding Ltd
Highly Commended Complete Access (Scaffolding) Ltd (Wakefield)

Jon Stone and Steve Fellows from Malvern Scaffolding Ltd collecting their trophy and certificate from Karren Brady CBE, and NASC President Des Moore

67+ Employees

Winner Actavo (UK) Ltd
Highly Commended Trad Southern
Highly Commended Wood Group Industrial Services Ltd

Neill Moffat from Actavo (UK) Ltd collecting the trophy and certificate

Mr Rooney thanked the award judges Roy Rogers (Interserve Industrial Services Ltd) and Simon Hughes (Simian Risk Ltd) for carrying out their exacting task, and noted that competition for both categories of this year’s awards had been extremely tight.

The judges commented as follows:

‘The submissions demonstrated a high level of performance, well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, outstanding risk management controls and monitoring to ensure compliance.’ Roy Rogers, QHSE Director, Interserve Industrial Services Ltd.

‘The strength of the submissions was a very strong and close-run affair, but after careful consideration, the winners who clearly demonstrated all aspects of best industry practice, prevailed.

‘I would not only like to congratulate the winners and highly commended entries, but all candidates for the excellent standard of their applications.’ Simon Hughes, Simian Risk Ltd.

In conclusion Mr Rooney noted that award winners and highly commended entries would be entitled to sole use of a bespoke NASC logo on their corporate stationery and websites.

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Inaugural NASC 2017 Scaffolding Project of the Year award Presented at NASC Annual Ball

Inaugural NASC 2017 Scaffolding Project of the Year award Presented at NASC Annual Ball

Interlink Scaffolding Ltd (Birtley, Tyne and Wear) was presented with the NASC 2017 Scaffolding Project of the Year award by Mohed Altrad, CEO and President of the Altrad Group, in front of an audience of more than 500 members and guests attending a glittering NASC Annual Ball at the Intercontinental London Park Lane on the evening of Friday 24 November 2017.

The evening had commenced with a speech by Des Moore, newly elected NASC President and CEO of TRAD Group, who had welcomed all present and briefly reprised the speech which he had given earlier at the NASC AGM.

The scaffolding project award was keenly contested, with just three points separating the first three (of twelve) entries. In the view of the judges, Interlink’s New Wear Crossing, Sunderland submission was declared a worthy winner.

‘Interface with the client’ was one of the key criteria for judging the entries, and in this respect the submission from Interlink scored highly. The judges were also extremely impressed by the degree of off-site preparation prior to erection of the bridge structure, complete with scaffolding.

Darren Maratty, MD of Interlink Scaffolding, was delighted to receive the award on behalf of his company. He commented on the complexity of the project, and noted that it had attracted considerable press interest and wider recognition in the construction sector.

The Runner Up for the award was Chris Sedgeman Scaffolding Ltd (Penzance) for their Kresen Kernow, Cornwall submission.

Trad Southern (London & SE) was awarded Highly Commended for their 100 Liverpool Street Station submission.

The judges for the award were Mark Castle (Mace), Katrina Dowding (Skanska) and Dean Summers (Berkeley Group) all of whom were thanked for their contribution. Mr Summers commented: ‘It is great to see the scaffolding industry continually improving in so many areas’.

Altrad Group had generously donated an impressive cast acrylic trophy for the award. The acrylic was engraved with scaffolding, and incorporated a polished nickel-plated aluminium base with a replica of the Wellington Arch. Smaller versions of the trophy were presented to the winner and the runner up.

The award presentation had been preceded by a speech by Mohed Altrad, founder of the multi-national Altrad Group.

Following a brief introductory film he outlined his personal story from humble beginnings in Syria, noting that he had been fortunate to benefit from an opportunity to study in Montpellier, France as a young man, where he began to develop his construction business.

He then praised the work of the NASC, noting that it makes a huge difference to the safety of operatives working in the construction sector, and urged all present to provide opportunities in their own businesses to people from diverse and different backgrounds.

Des Moore thanked Mohed Altrad for his personal and inspiring life story, which had clearly resonated with those attending the ball.

Mindful that he had a ‘captive audience’ of wives and other halves, he then stressed the importance of encouraging and mentoring more women into senior positions in the NASC and the scaffolding industry in general. This was one of his four key objectives for his presidency, all of which focused on inclusivity.

Mr Moore concluded his speech by thanking all those who had contributed to the day’s events, in particular Baroness Karren Brady CBE for her inspirational presentation at the AGM.