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NASC 2017 Safety Report Launch

NASC 2017 Safety Report Launch

The NASC has published its highly-regarded 2017 Safety Report documenting and analysing accident and injury statistics for its full contracting members in 2016 – representing over 17,000 UK scaffolding operatives, which constitutes a significant percentage of the total British scaffolding workforce.

For the fourth year running, the NASC is able to report a fatality-free year, with the incidence rate almost half what it was five years ago – despite a 14% rise in the number of NASC member operatives over the period.

The report reveals the lowest incidence and frequency rates recorded by NASC full contracting member companies and also showed a 16% decrease in the frequency of manual handling injuries. Additionally, no members of the public were injured around NASC member scaffolds.

NASC full contracting members are required to submit a completed annual accident return as a requirement of membership, and the NASC Safety Report is based on data generated by this exercise. The 24-page report features:

  • Injuries and fatalities to operatives, members of the public and third parties.
  • Accident causes and types
  • Detailed analysis of accidents
  • Comparison of HSE/NASC accident statistics
  • What the NASC does to support safe scaffolding practice

NASC President, Alan Lilley said: “Once again, the NASC Annual Safety Report has highlighted how successful our members are at reducing accidents through compliance with industry safety standards and adherence to NASC guidance. No doubt, the release of SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations was a major factor in achieving this reduction in accidents.

“And the fact that there’s been a marked reduction in the number of accidents – despite a record-level of NASC membership and a 14% increase in operatives – shows what we do for our members in producing quality safety and technical guidance.

“It’s not all great news though. For the 12th consecutive year, slips, trips and falls were the major cause of accident and injury – representing a third of all reported injuries. And although there was a marginal reduction in incidents from 2015, this still represents a major issue for the scaffolding industry and is something we will investigate.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “The Annual Safety Report clearly highlights what we are doing to drive up safety standards in access and scaffolding, with reliable data to back it up. NASC members are strictly audited to maintain the highest possible standards, helping to keep their contracted operatives safe on construction sites right across the UK.”

The NASC 2017 Safety Report will be officially launched at the ‘Health & Safety Scotland’ Event industry trade show held at Glasgow SEC, May 3-4. The report is also being circulated with Construction News Work at Height issue on June 9th and Construction National Spring issues, with a digital reader/PDF version available on Issuu and via the NASC website.

Printed copies of the report will be sent to all NASC full and information members, as well as construction and health and safety industry professionals. And further copies can be posted out to interested parties by contacting NASC directly, via email:

For further details on the NASC 2017 Safety Report, information on recently reduced prices for TG20:13 publications, to order copies of SG4:15, for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes and on the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including how to join, please visit the website.

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NASC & CISRS Support AIF Working Well Together – Working Well at Height Campaign Event

NASC & CISRS Support AIF Working Well Together – Working Well at Height Campaign Event

Both NASC and CISRS are very pleased to have taken an active role in the recent Roof Work and Work at Height training event, which was organised by Access Industry Forum (AIF) as part of the Working Well Together campaign.

The free half day event was aimed at offering small construction companies and self-employed builders, support, advice and up-to-date industry guidance – hosted by NASC member and CISRS approved training provider, LTC Training Services at their centre in Plymouth on Friday 31st March.

The event attracted lots of attention from the construction sector, including several representatives from the HSE, and consisted of talks and demonstrations covering work at height, roof ladders, powered access, scaffold inspection, prevention of internal and external falls, and tower scaffolds. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions of the industry experts present, including an HSE inspector.

Neil Gray, lead scaffolding instructor at LTC Training delivered the basic principles of scaffold inspection session. He said: “I’m delighted that LTC were chosen to host this important event and great to see so many people were interested in the various topics discussed. The feedback we have received to date has been extremely positive. I delivered the CISRS/NASC demonstration and was delighted by the interaction of the visitors.”

NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley was in attendance. He said: “Both CISRS and NASC (as an active member of the AIF), are always keen to support the Working Well Together initiative – particularly an event aimed at safer working at height.”

For more information on Working Well Together, visit the website here. And for details about becoming an NASC member, and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffold industry guidance trade body – please visit or email: Or for further details on the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit or email

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CISRS CPD Pilot Course Success

CISRS CPD Pilot Course Success

CISRS has run two fully-funded CPD refresher pilot courses at NCC Midlands in Birmingham during February and March. Both of the courses delivered by lead Instructor Tony Barry received very positive feedback from the course delegates.

There was a wide range of age and experience amongst those attending the courses with one scaffolder who had gained their card via “grandfather rights,” others who qualified over 20 years ago, and some who had completed their training only five years previously. The pilot courses were specifically designed to road test and fine-tune the course content.

Tony Barry said: “I was a little uncertain as to how the course would go having both older more experienced Advanced Scaffolders mixed with younger scaffold card holders – but it actually worked well and created more discussion within the group. Other than the inspection module which required us to split the group into Basic and Advanced inspection (with another of our instructors supervising one of the groups), all other information passed on is relevant to both grades of cardholder.”

Adding diversity of experience and opinion, Rob Nicholls (lead instructor at Safety and Access) and Neil Gray (lead instructor at LTC) both sat in on the first pilot in February – taking notes on the course from a delivery point of view, assessing content, analysing the length of some course areas and providing feedback on timings and other aspects of the CPD course content and application.

After considering delegate feedback and comments along with the findings of Rob and Neil, the first course was very well received, with only a few tweaks needing to be made to Risk Assessment and Method Statements (RAMS), Manual Handling and Anchors/Ties sections.

One of the delegates on the first pilot had initially asked if the course could have been completed in one day. However with the practical Scaffold Inspection and Mobile Aluminium Tower session and associated theory tests taking up around six hours alone, combined with the rest of the CPD/Refresher programme necessitated the full two days. The course covers a lot of ground with the pilot courses running from 8.30am to 4.30pm on both days.

Following feedback from the first course, all relevant changes were implemented prior to the second course taking place – which was again very well received. All delegates were required to complete a course evaluation form which asked them to rate all aspects of the course including centre facilities, course content course materials, instructors etc. Other than one delegate rating the catering ‘Average’ all other aspects of the course were rated as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good.’

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, and CISRS representative, Bob Whincap attended the second CPD course, to monitor the course in action. Mr. Mosley said: “The pilot schemes have proved to be a huge success and have given us the opportunity to fine tune the two-day course content before the July roll-out.

“I asked the delegates if they felt that the course was beneficial and the group were very positive. Some had initially been sceptical due to comments made on social media and the internet about costs, duration and content. But having attended, they felt it was worthwhile and that they had been reminded of information they’d forgotten since they last attended a centre, whilst also being brought up to date on current industry guidance. They also enjoyed the opportunity to mix with other scaffolders from different companies”

Eligible delegates who took part in the pilot courses will receive their updated CISRS card with CPD, Inspection and Aluminium Tower module endorsements free of charge.

A pilot course for CISRS approved Instructors will take place at NCC Midlands on 24/25th April. CISRS are considering offering a few more funded pilot courses in May, to enable a final phase of fine tuning prior to the scheme going live 1st July, after which time all CISRS Scaffolder and Advanced cards can only be renewed by completing the CISRS two-day Scaffolder Refresher Course.

For a full a list of approved CISRS training providers, further details about CISRS CPD, CISRS card courses, OSTS news, training changes following the introduction of SG4:15 and TG20:13, information and dates on courses available or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email for more assistance.

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CISRS UK & OSTS Spring Update

CISRS UK & OSTS Spring Update

It’s been a busy March for the CISRS team, both here in the UK and overseas.

Simian Skill/Falk Prime Atlantic Nigerian Audit Success

Congratulations to Simian Skill and Falk Prime Atlantic for successfully completing their CISRS annual accreditation audit and carrying out their first Scaffolding Supervisors course delivered by OSTS Instructor Abid Gul at their centre in Ogun, Nigeria.

It was CISRS auditor Trevor Donoghue’s first visit to the training facility and he was suitably impressed. The centre offers a wide range of courses including offshore survival, fire safety training, oil and gas sector trade skills as well as CISRS OSTS Scaffolder Levels 1-3, Basic Inspection and Scaffolding Supervisor.

Trevor said: “Simian and Falk Prime Atlantic have a top-class facility here in Ogun, not just the practical areas and classrooms, but the whole package including medical support, restaurants, break out areas and welfare facilities. It is a credit to the management, staff and all involved”

During the visit, Trevor discussed with Simian/Falk the idea of promoting scaffolding as a career to the local government to establish if any funding could be made available to support local young people in the area and help them get into work.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley added, “It’s great to see the centre moving forward with the introduction of Scaffolding Supervisor training. We hope that an upturn in fortunes in the oil and gas sectors will keep the centre busy and help to establish CISRS training within the region.”

Simian can be reached on: UK: 0345 602 2418. International: 00 971 43 695067 or Email:

Training For Construction Gain Advanced Scaffolder Accreditation

Congratulations to Edmonton-based Training For Construction (TFC) for gaining Advanced Scaffolder Course accreditation this month.

Since the centre was established in December 2014, TFC has strived to keep adding to their course provision portfolio which in addition to the Advanced course includes CISRS COTS, Part 1, Part 2, Supervisor, Inspection & SSPTS Cuplok SSPTS. Well done to all concerned!

If you require training in the North London area, please contact TFC on 020 8887 9466 or go to their website for further information on course availability:

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NASC & CISRS Exhibit at The Health & Safety Event, Birmingham NEC, March 21-23 2017

NASC & CISRS Exhibit at The Health & Safety Event, Birmingham NEC, March 21-23 2017

The NASC and CISRS will be exhibiting at ‘The Health & Safety Event’ at the NEC in Birmingham from March 21st to 23rd, on trade stand H32, right opposite the main conference theatre.

The UK’s leading scaffolding and access trade body (NASC) and the scaffolding industry training scheme (CISRS) will be promoting their roles in driving up safety standards in the work at height sector to the expected 6,000+ representatives of the construction and health and safety industries attending the event.

Billed as ‘Three Days to Save a Life,’ The Health & Safety Event boasts 200+ exhibitors and speakers from 50 influential industry professionals in over 45 conference and seminar sessions.

The NASC will be represented in the ‘Safety Dialogue’ sessions at the event, discussing fall prevention and safe working at height with presentations by high profile NASC representatives.

The dates and times for the Fall Protection Safety Dialogue sessions are as follows:

* Tues 21 March: 14.35-15.05: Simon Hughes (Simian Risk)

* Weds 22 March: 14.35-15.05: Adrian Rooney (Chair NASC Health & Safety Committee)

* Thurs 23 March: 13.20-13.50: Rick Statham (Safety & Access)

The NASC and CISRS 15 metre square stand H32 will feature a large free-standing scaffold tower – unmissable across the exhibition hall – constructed by NASC members AT-PAC, from their ringlock modular system scaffolding product.

NASC and CISRS staff will be showcasing the forthcoming 24-page NASC 2017 Safety Report – which documents and analyses accident and injury data for NASC full contracting member companies in 2016 – representing 17,005 UK scaffolding operatives and 235 NASC full member companies, which constitutes a significant proportion of the UK scaffolding workforce.

And the team will be handing out promotional material, answering enquiries about the UK access and scaffolding industry, and industry recognised scaffolders training scheme whilst also showcasing:

* New 50% reduced pricing for TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guide for Tube & Fitting Scaffolding’ publications.

* Recent changes to the NASC membership subscription rate, introducing a lower rate of £995+ VAT for companies with a sub-£1M turnover.

* NASC President Alan Lilley’s aims and objectives for the confederation in 2017.

* NASC’s recently revised core Safety Guidance, SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.’

* The innovative TG20:13 ‘Good Practice Guide for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding’ guidance – with live demonstrations of the TG20:13 eGuide in both PC/laptop format, and in the mobile Android App version.

* The newly re-launched, mobile-optimised NASC and CISRS websites.

* Recent news and media press releases from both organisations.

* Updates on the CISRS System Scaffold Product Training Scheme (SSPTS) and the CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS).

NASC MD, Robin James said: “Having previously exhibited successfully at Health & Safety North and Scotland events, we are looking forward to showcasing the work NASC does to set standards in scaffolding at this three-day event run by Western Business Exhibitions. The event promises to offer us the opportunity of reaching out to thousands of people in the construction, health and safety and other sectors – helping to promote what NASC does to improve safety and working standards within the scaffolding and work at height industries.”

CISRS Training Manager, Dave Mosley added: “With over 55,000 UK CISRS card holders and over 4,500 overseas cards, CISRS is growing strongly. This event gives us a valuable opportunity to spread the word about the industry card scheme, and promote the many positive things which are happening in the training sector – including the launch of CISRS CPD courses from 1st July 2017.”

Health & Safety Events were first launched in 2007 and have expanded rapidly with support from the industry’s leading stakeholders, such as the British Safety Council. The event organisers say: “The Health & Safety Event provides the perfect networking and educational opportunity to anyone responsible for running a safe and efficient workplace, anywhere in the UK. Each event brings together the very best of the UK health & safety industry at a strategically positioned venue. Combining ease of access for the visitor with affordability and measurable ROI for the exhibitor is what makes these events so popular.”

In order to attend this free event, which is packed with trade stands and free seminars, interested parties should pre-register for a pass here (

And for details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the NASC – the scaffolding industry trade organisation – please visit or email: And for further details about the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS), please visit or email


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New Oman CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) Centre Opens

New Oman CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) Centre Opens

CISRS are delighted to announce the opening of a newly accredited CISRS Overseas Scaffolder Training Scheme (OSTS) facility in Oman.

The new centre situated in Nizwa represents a very important strategic base for scaffolding training – providing support to the major oil related industries in Oman. The project is being driven by CISRS UK Provider Safety and Access Ltd and the established Oman-based service provider, Special Technical Services (STS) through their training arm Technical Training Institute (TTI).

Following a recent CISRS accreditation visit, the new centre will be eligible to run a wide range of CISRS scaffold related training – including scaffolder operative training, scaffold inspection and scaffolding supervisor courses.

TTI has a proven track record of delivering training to multidiscipline contracting companies specialising in construction, fabrication and maintenance services for the energy and industrial sectors. Their existing training facility is large and spacious and finished to a very high specification and they are working on plans to build a brand new bespoke training facility for multi discipline trades in Oman in the near future.

CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley who carried out the CISRS accreditation audit commented: “It is excellent to see Safety & Access expanding its presence in Gulf Co-operation Countries (GCC). We hope that this venture with TTI will be a great success and will continue to promote CISRS training benefits within the region. It is very encouraging to see a company willing to invest in their practical facility, I was impressed with the current set up and look forward to seeing the new centre when it is completed.”

Prior to the accreditation, a presentation was arranged with key local clients to outline present and future plans for training and support in the area. It has been a requirement with several major clients in Oman for some time that independently accredited training is adopted by contractors and this new venture provides such support.

Following the accreditation, Safety & Access Joint MD Rick Statham said:” The new centre represents a very important strategic location for us. We have been offering accredited training in the Gulf for over four years and we can see the requirement for quality training growing. It is yet another major step forward for the clients in the region to affirm their strict requirements for high standards of safety and technical delivery with the requirement for independently accredited training in the high-risk area of scaffolding and work at height. STS’ excellent centre here in Oman will greatly complement the expanding need for such support for clients and contractors across the GCC and Asia.”

CISRS has received several enquiries from other parties within the region reflecting that awareness and recognition of CISRS OSTS continues to grow with clients and contractors alike.

To find out more about CISRS OSTS, the new CISRS CPD courses, obtain a copy of the CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet, new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email

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NASC TG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding Price Revision

NASC TG20:13 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding Price Revision

Following a consultation exercise in the of summer 2016 an NASC working group was formed to review feedback and agree modifications and amendments to TG20:13 at time of next revision.

A consultation document was circulated to all NASC member companies and also to purchasers of TG20:13. Users and purchasers were invited to propose amendments to TG20:13 which they would like to see incorporated at time of next revision.

Suggested amendments included varying the number of boarded lifts, production of basic drawings and calculations, and increased leg load information.

It was also suggested that modifications might be made to the TG20 compliance sheet, for example incorporation of postcode, unique scaffold number and seasonal information.

The principal purpose of the consultation exercise was to enhance TG20 guidance with a view to improving safety and efficiency.

Unsurprisingly the exercise generated a considerable number of responses, many of which were quite detailed.

Working group meetings took place in September and November of 2016 to consider the merits of suggestions received, based on consolidated feedback prepared by the technical authors of TG20:13, CADS (Computer and Design Services Ltd).

A third working group meeting is scheduled in March 2017.

In the first instance the aim of the working group was to classify suggested amendments and modifications to TG20 on the basis of (1) desirability and (2) ease of implementation.

It was agreed that ‘quick wins’ should be incorporated to a software upgrade for issue free of charge to existing users of TG20:13.

It is envisaged that the software upgrade will be issued in the spring of 2017.

More substantive changes will then be agreed for incorporation to an updated version of TG20:13 at time of full review.

The timescale for full review has not been agreed. However it is unlikely that a fully updated version of TG20 will be published for at least two years.

Further to the above, and as TG20:13 has been widely adopted throughout the UK scaffolding industry and the wider construction sector both in the UK, and increasingly abroad, it has been agreed that now would be an appropriate time for NASC to announce a review of the existing TG20:13 publications pricing structure.

Accordingly it has been announced by the NASC that with effect from 1 March 2017 all TG20:13 publications will be half price, with the exception of the TG20:13 pocket user guide.

This price reduction will apply to NASC members and also to non members.

TG20:13 was originally launched in April 2014.

For further details on TG20:13, the new 2017 pricing, to order copies of the new SG4:15:You pocket guide (or free download of the Management Guide), for information on the latest Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG) notes and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including how to join, please visit or email:

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CISRS To Run CPD Pilot Courses

CISRS To Run CPD Pilot Courses

CISRS in collaboration with three of its accredited training providers will be running a series of pilot courses next month for its new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, which is set to go live on 1st of July 2017.

National Construction College Midlands will run the first of the pilot courses at its centre in Birmingham on 15th and 16th February. CISRS will be looking for scaffolders whose card is due to expire in 2017 to attend the (free of charge) pilot courses.
And further courses will take place at NCC Midlands on 15th/16th March and 24th/25th April. CISRS accredited providers Safety and Access and Simian Skill are also looking to set dates for further pilot courses to be delivered at their centres in Nottingham and Warrington respectively.

Each of the CISRS accredited providers looking to offer CPD training will also be requested to have one of their instructors attend a pilot course, so they can bring themselves up to speed with the content and delivery of the new two-day course.

The course will include a general scaffolding update – covering the relevant technical and safety guidance notes, such as SG4, SG6 & TG20 – as well as a scaffold inspection and an aluminium tower module, which if completed successfully can then be endorsed on the rear of the new card.

A health and safety test will also be included, which if the delegates pass will negate the need to complete the CITB Health and Safety and Environment test. To assist in this new training module, a bank of health and safety questions will be issued to CISRS CPD delegates prior to attending the course.

Dave Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, said: “We have been discussing CPD and refresher training for a very long time and we are now rapidly approaching its launch. We have tried to include as many relevant topics as we can to give the course value. And we are running these pilot courses to allow us to perfect the content and make final tweaks to the courses and materials prior to issuing them to accredited providers, who have dates set in their 2017 programmes for CPD courses from July 1st onwards.”

Around 4,000 scaffolders will need to renew either their Scaffolder or Advanced Scaffolder card in 2017 and more than half of these hold cards which will expire prior to 1st July – and as such will renew under the current scheme requirement of completing the CITB Health and Safety and Environment Test or a recognised exemption, not the new CPD.

Card renewal reminders are issued to cardholders three to six months prior to the card expiry date and CISRS envisages that a number of scaffolders may renew their card early in order to beat the 1st of July CPD course deadline.

To find out more about the new CISRS CPD courses, obtain a copy of the CISRS CAP 609 General Information Booklet, new cards poster or to find out more about CISRS, please visit or email