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Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

Join Us at Second Temporary Works Seminar

The NASC and Temporary Works Forum (TWF) are co-hosting a free Temporary Works seminar in Bristol next month.

The half-day event will cover a broad range of temporary works topics, with a particular focus on scaffolding, and is aimed at both contractors and clients.

Speakers include Ashley Daniels, Head of Lifting & Temporary Works at Hinkley Point C, Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian Risk, Terry Roberts, Software Development Manager at CADS (developers of the TG20 eGuide) and David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director.

Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, said: “We’re looking forward to our second Temporary Works Seminar, following a successful and well-attended event in Birmingham earlier this year.

“The Bristol seminar will see our speakers discuss temporary works topics including the management of the Hinkley Point C project, ongoing efforts to improve and update the NASC’s TG20 eGuide and the revised BS5975 code of practice.

“Through this event we’ll be able to bring a diverse group of people with an interest in temporary works together and explore ways in which we can all work more efficiently and collaboratively to ensure works are carried out as safely as possible and to the highest possible standards.

“We hope scaffolding contractors and anyone involved in the procurement and management of scaffolding contractors will join us in Bristol for this informal half-day event.”

The Temporary Works Seminar will take place at the Paintworks on Thursday 24 October from 9am to 1pm. Spaces are limited.

For more information and to reserve your seat click here.

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Scaffolding Training Update

Scaffolding Training Update

CITB has underscored its commitment to ensuring that the construction sector maintains access to a good supply of skilled scaffolders in the wake of the transfer of its training establishment to alternative training providers, as part of its reform programme, Vision 2020.

Graham McPhail, CITB Head of Education and Training, said: “CITB has been working with the training sector to secure alternative scaffolding training providers for the National Construction College.

“We are fully committed to ensuring the continuity of scaffolding training while we negotiate agreements that will be for the good of the wider construction industry. We have been working closely with CISRS to provide reassurance that no scaffolding training capacity or quality will be lost in delivering this commitment as part of our reform programme.”

David Mosley, NASC Training Director and CISRS Managing Director, said: “Both NASC and CISRS have been working closely with CITB over the last 12 months to ensure the scaffolding provision at NCC continues as normal.  We would like to reassure the Scaffolding sector that CITB has made a commitment to us – and the wider industry – that no training capacity or quality would be lost as a result of their Vision 2020 programme and we are certain that remains the case

“It is essential to ensure the existing high standards are maintained throughout and training courses continue to be available until the alternative provision has been established.”

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Amey Signs NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter

Amey Signs NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter

Facilities management specialists Amey has become the latest leading organisation to sign the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter

The company, which looks after the maintenance, operation and improvement of 23,000+ Ministry of Defence (MoD) buildings across a network of estates, specifies ‘NASC-only’ for its scaffolding-related works within its Defence contracts.

Amey follows Nuclear New Build Generation – the company behind the development and eventual operation of Hinkley Point C – construction specialists DE Construct and principal contractors Knight Harwood in signing the NASC Charter, recognising the ever-growing number of organisations that place NASC membership at the heart of their scaffolding contractor procurement policies.

Peter Franklin, HSEQ Director for Amey’s Defence contracts said: “Our work across the MoD Estate requires us to use competent scaffolding suppliers on many of our projects. Being part of the NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter demonstrates Amey’s commitment to the safety of our workforce, client and customers by only using NASC member scaffold contractors, ensuring a high standard of work is achieved in this high-risk activity.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled that Amey has requested to sign the NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter. For Amey it was the assurance that our independently-audited, experienced and expert members work to incredibly high safety standards that led them to insist on ‘NASC-only’ for their scaffolding needs.

“We’re happy to recognise this decision via our Wall of Honour on our dedicated Charter webpage and present them with a Charter logo and certificate. We look forward to adding many more businesses to this wall in the coming weeks and months.”

For more on the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter and to request to become a signatory click here.

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CISRS Training Provision Expanded in South West

CISRS Training Provision Expanded in South West

Provision and availability of CISRS training in the South West has been boosted following investment by LTC Training Services.

The training provider has expanded its Plymouth training centre, enabling the firm to convert old offices into three extra training rooms. These facilities have already played host to CPD, COTS, Basic and Inspection courses.

LTC Training Services Ltd’s Managing Director Neil Gray has said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the new facilities at our Plymouth Training Centre and are now exploring the option of expanding the practical training area. This is further evidence that LTC is continuing to invest for the future.”

The company has also added CPD to the range of courses delivered at their depot in Cullompton and employed an additional CISRS Instructor to help meet increased demand for training in the South West region.

Following a recent accreditation visit to LTC’s Plymouth facility, Trevor Donoghue, CISRS Auditor, said: “LTC has obviously made significant investments in their facilities in Devon. The training delivery at the centre has always been of a very high standard, the specification to which they have fitted out the new classrooms and meeting areas are now equally impressive.

“It is really positive to see CISRS providers looking to develop their centres increasing capacity whilst improving the training delegates experience.”

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NASC Launches Safe Scaffolding Charter

NASC Launches Safe Scaffolding Charter

The NASC has launched a Safe Scaffolding Charter to recognise the ever-growing number of organisations that place NASC membership at the heart of their scaffolding contractor procurement policies.

The Charter is open to any organisation that has specified ‘NASC-only’ in their scaffolding-related tender documents and/or has had an established commercial relationship with a full NASC member for at least a year.

Signatories already include Nuclear New Build Generation – the company behind the development and eventual operation of Hinkley Point C – construction specialists DE Construct and principal contractors Knight Harwood.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to launch our Safe Scaffolding Charter. We feel it’s incredibly important to celebrate the various organisations that recognise the value of specifying NASC-only for their scaffolding requirements.

“Signatories clearly understand that NASC members are demonstrably safe, compliant and independently audited every year to ensure the high standards demanded in order to gain NASC full-contracting membership are maintained.

“They also understand how this benefits their business; including the reassurance and peace of mind gained by using experienced and expert scaffolding contractors.”

Ashley Daniels, Head of Temporary Works & Lifting at Hinkley Point C, said: “I am delighted with our membership and look forward to working together with an organisation that proactively contributes to the safety of the construction industry.

“Building on our own project values of humility, positivity, respect, clarity and solidarity, I also recognise the very significant contribution NASC provides to the scaffolding community. It’s clear that membership has a significant and long-standing positive effect in delivering safe and secure scaffolding across the largest project in Europe.”

Mike Robertson, Head of HSE at Hinkley Point C, said: “I am very encouraged by this approach from NASC. Anything that facilitates consistency of standards, common understanding, and drives improvement and development in this extremely high risk trade has got to be applauded.

“I am particularly proud of our own involvement with the NASC and look forward to seeing our positive contribution to change industry norms.”

Marc Smith, Group SHEQ Director, the DE Group of Companies, said: “Taking fully into account the high risk nature of scaffolding works it is vital that clients and key stakeholders have absolute confidence in the competence, quality and professionalism of their appointed contractor.

“The NASC Safe Scaffolding Charter is regarded by our organisation as a benchmark of these attributes and is something that we are very proud to support.”

Steve Fitzpatrick, Senior H&S Manager at Knight Harwood, said: “As the head of health and safety for a small to medium enterprise such as Knight Harwood, it is reassuring to know that our Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers only have NASC member companies to choose from when compiling bid lists for new projects.

“Scaffolding will always be amongst the most challenging aspects of the construction phase, especially during projects in urban areas. There is no higher benchmark than the NASC in the construction industry when engaging competent scaffold companies.

“Consequently, from a moral, civil and legal point of view, I am very comfortable signing this Safe Scaffolding Charter.”

For more on the NASC’s Safe Scaffolding Charter and to request to become a signatory click here.

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NASC Launches International Information Membership

NASC Launches International Information Membership

The NASC has launched an international information membership category in response to growing demand from companies based overseas to align with the confederation.

The new category is open to any non-contracting scaffolding industry organisation trading outside of the UK. This includes training providers, health and safety consultants, scaffold designers, insurers and other service providers to the access and scaffolding industry.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “In recent years we have found that more and more businesses involved in the scaffolding industry overseas have been looking to forge closer relationships with the NASC and enjoy the wide range of benefits already afforded to their UK-based counterparts through the NASC Information Membership.

“We are delighted to address this demand and look forward to welcoming international information members from across the globe into the NASC fold.”

NASC international information membership confers the following benefits:

  • Circulation of relevant NASC literature
  • Up to 50% discount on NASC publications
  • Opportunity to attend events such as the NASC AGM, Annual Ball and Awards
  • NASC international information membership certificate
  • Advertising opportunities within NASC publications
  • Promotional opportunities at trade events/exhibitions
  • Sponsorship and advertising opportunities at NASC events
  • Inclusion of company details in NASC publications e.g. NASC Yearbook
  • Inclusion of company details on the NASC website
  • Attendance at NASC meetings (by agreement)

NASC international information membership subscription is £800 plus VAT per calendar year.

For more information click here.

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Reverse Charge VAT Reminder

Reverse Charge VAT Reminder

HMRC is making major changes to the VAT for the construction sector. The changes, dubbed Reverse Charge VAT, will affect payments between contractors and subcontractors from October 1 2019.

It is important that you understand the changes and plan for them as the new scheme could have large repercussions for your cashflow. For more information click here.

The Joint Taxation Committee has produced a reverse charge vat training note and a draft letter for full contracting members to send to any VAT registered subcontractors they have informing them of the changes.

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NASC Publishes Mental Health Policy Guidance

NASC Publishes Mental Health Policy Guidance

The NASC has moved to provide scaffolding companies with a go-to mental health and wellbeing resource through its latest publication, SG38:19 Guidance on Mental Health Wellbeing.

Aimed at breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health within the access and scaffolding industry, this new guidance helps employers to better understand mental health, and to create an action plan for employees to thrive at work. It provides advice and contact details of other organisations who can also provide support.

SG38 was developed by the Current Affairs Committee in conjunction with the Health & Safety Committee and forms part of the NASC’s wider Head for Heights campaign, which aims to promote the importance of focusing on employee wellbeing in the workplace.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are pleased to have published this guidance, which we believe will play a huge role in empowering employers across the UK, enabling them to better support the mental health needs of their employees.

“This guidance provides employers with proactive steps they can take to improve wellbeing in the workplace as well as a host of useful links and services that they can signpost their employees to.”

SG38 can be downloaded for free via the NASC online shop. Hard copies may also be purchased via the same webpage.

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NASC and Apex Represent Scaffolding Industry at Big Bang Careers Fair

NASC and Apex Represent Scaffolding Industry at Big Bang Careers Fair

More than 2,000 pupils were switched on to scaffolding during the Big Bang South West careers fair in Exeter.

The daylong event saw 7 to 19-year-olds from across the region learn more about opportunities available to them under the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) umbrella.

The NASC, CISRS and NASC full contracting member Apex Scaffolding, based in Exeter, flew the flag for the industry, making the point that there is much more to scaffolding than being on the tools. Apex were attending as part of the ‘Construction Zone’, jointly co-ordinated by the Building Greater Exeter and Building Plymouth partnerships.

NASC Training Officer Henry Annafi said: “It was great to engage with so many keen schoolchildren, who all really took to our K’Nex scaffolding exercises, which mirrors the same structural principles seen on scaffolding structures of all shapes and sizes across the country.

“What was so encouraging to see was the pupils’ enthusiasm to get involved with the building tasks and also learn more about the broad range of careers available to them in the scaffolding industry; from the visible – labourers and scaffolders to the less visible – designers, inspectors and procurement professionals.

“We were delighted to accept Apex Scaffolding’s invitation to attend and hope that many of the young people we spoke to will go on to pursue a career in scaffolding.”

Matthew Cousins, NASC South West Regional Vice Chair and Chairman of Building Greater Exeter added: “Apex Scaffolding have been involved in the Building Greater Exeter partnership since its inception and were delighted to be able to work with the NASC to ensure that our industry was represented as a career opportunity as part of the construction zone at the Big Bang Fair South West.”

As part of its training and recruitment objectives, the NASC is forging ever-closer links with education providers and potential scaffolding employees of the future.

For more information please contact NASC Training Officer Henry Annafi via email here.

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NASC Hosts Temporary Works Seminar

NASC Hosts Temporary Works Seminar

More than 100 delegates converged on Birmingham last week for the first NASC and TWf Temporary Works Seminar.

The half-day event saw four speakers take to the lectern, delivering presentations on a range of temporary works topics.

John Underwood, HSE Inspector, gave an insight into what the HSE is looking for in terms of safe and compliant scaffolding when they step on site, and Simon Hughes, Managing Director of Simian Risk, spoke about the code of practice for the design and management of temporary works, touching upon the recently updated BS 5975.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, gave an overview of the history, aims and objectives of the NASC and the projects and initiatives being rolled out and in development to help make the scaffolding industry safer. These include the Head for Heights mental health awareness campaign, a series of ‘refresher’ toolbox talks and production of an SG4 Preventing Falls site poster.

Duncan Reed, Digital Construction Process Manager at Trimble Solutions Limited, was the final speaker, delivering a presentation exploring the role digital solutions such as virtual and augmented reality, digital scanning and digital workflows can play in increasing safety and efficiencies in the scaffolding industry.

A number of NASC supplier members exhibited at the seminar.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “I’d like to thank my fellow speakers, all the delegates that attended and the NASC supplier members that exhibited at the seminar for making this event such a success.

“It was great to bring such a diverse group of professionals together in one room to learn more about temporary works, particularly how we can all work more efficiently and collaboratively to ensure works are carried out as safely as possible and to the highest possible standards.”

The NASC and TWf are co-hosting an event focused on the updated BS 5975 title later this month. This event has already sold out. A second NASC and TWf Temporary Works Seminar is planned for later this year.