Posted on

NASC Member Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd Veterans DIY SOS TV Charity Boost

NASC Member Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd Veterans DIY SOS TV Charity Boost

NASC member, Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd have assisted the ‘Walking with the Wounded’ servicemen and women charity – providing free scaffolding services, materials and labour on a special edition of the BBC TV show, DIY SOS.

The two-part BBC One show – hosted by presenter Nick Knowles, which aired in October – followed the story of the creation of a 62-home veterans village on New Street in Newton Heath (near Manchester). The project eventually saw over 350 people working on site in the show, and included a Royal visit by Princes William and Harry.

NASC-Pic_Thank_you_event_with_the_BBCs_Nick_Knowles

NASC members, Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd were asked by Main Contractor Client groups ISG, Kier & Wates to scaffold 17 dwellings with a two-lift access scaffold to suit all trades. The scaffold erection took four days, (two shifts per day), with five men on each shift and three days to dismantle, with six men on each shift.

Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd Manager Paul Crowe said: “As supporter myself of ‘Help for Heroes’ the idea of DIY SOS supporting the charity ‘Walking with the Wounded’ locally was really great and something we wanted to get behind. It was an absolute pleasure taking part in this truly inspirational project… we feel great pride and it was an honour being able to assist.

NASC Prince Harry and William

“Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd was only too willing to provide the materials and labour free of charge for these great causes knowing that the veterans and their families would benefit. As a legacy to our brilliant servicemen and women I truly hope that this project acts as a springboard for future acts of generosity throughout Britain.”

NASC Scaffolding BBC

NASC MD, Robin James said: “Acts of generosity like this for superb charities like ‘Walking with the Wounded’ show the level of corporate responsibility our members, like Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd feel. Every year, we hear of our confederation members giving thousands to great causes like this, which is marvellous. And this was a particularly moving and memorable event.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 document, 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, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

Posted on

NASC Issues Updated Guidance Notes

NASC Issues Updated Guidance Notes

The NASC has released a raft of seven revised and updated Technical Guidance (TG) and Safety Guidance (SG).

These revisions have come as part of the NASC’s on-going commitment to refresh published technical and safety guidance on a five year cycle.

NASC members have received copies of seven guidance notes in the post during November 2015 (marked for the attention of the Managing Director) and these will also be available to full members via download, free of charge, from the members area of the NASC website.

See below for the full list of updated guidance and what’s included:

  • SG6:15 – Manual Handling in the Scaffolding Industry: A well-established document that remains robust and valid (date changes only).
  • SG9:15 – Use, Inspection & Maintenance of Lifting Equipment and Accessories for Lifting in Scaffolding: A complete review with new visuals.
  • SG31:15 – Management of Slips and Trips: Significant changes including added images.
  • TG7:15 – Scaffold Board Nailplates: Date changes only.
  • TG8:15 – Fire Damage: Cost of fire damage evaluation does not warrant recovery of metal components.
  • TG11:15 – Stress Corrosion Cracking in High Tensile and Alloy Steels: Minor amendments only including change of date.
  • TG17:15 – Identification of EN74-1 Couplers: Date changes only.

The technical guidance notes are comprised of short 1-2 page update sheets, whilst the safety guidance notes are longer, made up of six to 48-page documents respectively.

NASC MD, Robin James said: “With a wide range – from a short TG8 update on fire damage, to a much larger SG6 revision on manual handling in the scaffolding industry – these seven revised technical and safety guidance notes will be useful updates for the NASC membership and wider industry.

“The revisions also go to show the lengths that the NASC’s hard working committees go to in keeping guidance up to date with the latest health and safety and technical trends. Publishing these documents is at the heart of what the confederation does – making sure our membership continues to set the industry standard in scaffolding.”

To obtain hard copies of the seven new TG and SG notes, or for details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about the latest SG4:15 document, 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, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

Posted on

NASC 2016 Yearbook Launches

NASC 2016 Yearbook Cover

NASC 2016 Yearbook Launches

The eagerly anticipated NASC 2016 Yearbook has launched – loaded with 96 pages of UK scaffolding news, Britain’s biggest and best project reports and crucially, details of the impending launch of the NASC core scaffolding fall prevention guidance, SG4:15.

Fittingly in the confederation’s 70th anniversary year, the NASC 2016 Yearbook documents the imminent release of the industry standard for safe scaffolding, SG4:15 – re-titled ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations.’

The flagship safety guidance note SG4:15 is described in the Yearbook as “evolution not revolution” and features a broader scope to reflect a significant increase in the number of TG20 compliant scaffolds, changes to scaffolding good practice and innovation in the industry.

In addition, NASC Managing Director Robin James reports on an upturn in the scaffolding sector, the impact and influence of the NASC’s TG20:13 good practice guide for tube and fitting scaffolding and innovative eGuide, the revised SG4:15 Safety Guidance and the forthcoming election of a new NASC President.

NASC President elect, Alan Lilley reports on another busy year chairing the Audit Committee – when even the auditors themselves have been audited – and talks about plans for his forthcoming Presidency, including his intention to increase the profile of the confederation to the construction industry, especially amongst the smaller scaffold companies in the UK.

Meanwhile, there’s also coverage of the outstanding achievement of outgoing NASC President, Kevin Ward – whose New Apprentices Challenge has created more than 400 scaffolding apprentices, and raised thousands of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The 2016 Yearbook also features a number of articles from the Chairs of NASC standing committees (Training, Audit, Health & Safety, Technical, Hire & Sales and Contracts) as well as listings and updates on CISRS training and SAEMA (Specialist Access Engineering and Maintenance Association).

Also included in the NASC 2016 Yearbook is detailed information about the confederation and who’s who in the organisation. And there are details on how to become an NASC member/membership criteria, a list of current NASC publications, the NASC Code of Conduct, and a fully documented listing for all 260 NASC Full Contracting, Hire & Sales and Information members.

The NASC 2016 Yearbook has been designed, edited and printed by Construction Manager publishers Atom, with an evolution of the re-design and new look introduced in 2015. This re-vamp incorporates a striking cover and contents page, a complete overhaul of the information sections and committee listings, together with further improvements – including a fully loaded Project Reports section.

Robin James said: “With the 70th anniversary, the launch of SG4:15, a new President in Alan Lilley and continued growth and innovation within the scaffolding sector, it’s very promising stuff for the confederation and its members in 2016 – as reflected in the contents of the 2016 Yearbook; surely a ‘must-read’ publication for anyone in the scaffolding and construction industries.

“The bold new design introduced last year went down very well and is equally eye-catching and easy to navigate this time around – not to mention packed with an outstanding array of scaffolding projects by members, scaffolding content, news, opinion and advertising by the membership.

“Despite the fact that we live in a ‘digital age’ this publication seems to improve with every year. It’s clear that people still like to have a copy of the NASC Yearbook in their hands to read at their leisure. And again, the NASC Yearbook testifies to the unique skill set and versatility of NASC contracting members across the UK, with phenomenal projects on display.

“I would urge all who work within the scaffolding sector – and indeed the wider construction industry – to read the NASC 2016 Yearbook.”

In addition to the 96 page printed version, an e-reader version of the NASC 2016 Yearbook is available to view here and via the NASC website home page.

To obtain a hard copy of the 2016 Yearbook, or for details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about SG4;15, TG20:13 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, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

Posted on

NASC Member Interserve Industrial Services Ltd Receives British Safety Council ‘Sword Of Honour’ Again

NASC Member Interserve Industrial Services Ltd Receives British Safety Council ‘Sword Of Honour’ Again

NASC Member Interserve Industrial Services Ltd Receives British Safety Council ‘Sword Of Honour’ Again

NASC Member Interserve Industrial Services Ltd have received the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ from the British Safety Council – for the second time – for safe working practices in the industrial services sector.

Interserve was one of 61 organisations worldwide recently achieving the coveted accolade “for demonstrating excellence in the management of health and safety risks at work.”

In order to compete for the ‘Sword of Honour’ an organisation first has to achieve the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s health and safety management audit scheme (in the period August 2014 – July 2015).

In addition, they have to demonstrate to an independent panel of experts that they are “excellent in their health and safety management” throughout the entire business.

Guy Bruce, Managing Director for Interserve Infrastructure and Industrial said: “Health and safety is our number one priority at Interserve and we drive continuous improvement through dedicated campaigns to change attitudes towards safety. This however has to be underpinned by strong and robust safety management systems.
“To receive the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ award for the second year in a row shows that this approach is at the heart of our business. It is testament to the dedication of our teams, as well as to our continued commitment to enhancing our safety culture across Interserve.”

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Our warmest congratulations to 61 of our member organisations who have been awarded the ‘Sword of Honour.’ These awards recognise and celebrate the excellence of the winning organisations and their employees in managing health, safety and environmental risks.

“All of the Sword and Globe winning organisations share a commitment and resolve to achieving the highest standards of health, safety and/or environmental management. We are delighted that they are partners in helping achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director added: “Prestigious awards like this perfectly promote and demonstrate how the NASC’s high safety standards and constantly evolving safety and technical guidance are incorporated into our members’ businesses and daily operations – helping to make a potentially hazardous working environment as safe as possible. Well done to Interserve for this fine double ‘Sword of Honour’ achievement.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and to find out more about SG4;15, TG20:13 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, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

Posted on

NASC Shortlisted for top CITB Award

NASC Shortlisted for top CITB Award

The UK trade body for access and scaffolding, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), has been shortlisted for a top award for its outstanding commitment to supporting apprentices.

NASC is in the running for a prestigious Pride of Construction Award at the annual industry prize-giving run by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The awards celebrate all of the best people, companies and partners in the construction industry.

This year’s ceremony, which takes place on 25 November at the Natural History Museum in London, arrives at an exciting time for the construction industry, with 10,000 jobs forecast to be created in Greater London alone over the next five years.

The NASC is the recognised UK trade body for the access and scaffolding sector. Its commitment to promoting safer working practices through formal training and the development of industry guidance helps to drive up standards right across the construction sector.

The leading trade body has been nominated in the Outstanding Strategic Partner category in recognition of its best practice initiatives such as its commitment to apprenticeships, and its promotion of the scaffolding industry training scheme (CISRS).

NASC Director of Training, Dave Mosley commented: “We are very pleased to be nominated and shortlisted for this Pride of Construction award. As the UK’s scaffolding and access trade body (NASC) we work closely with CITB to make the construction industry a safer place in which to work.

“It’s gratifying to receive recognition from CITB for our role in achieving this; and indeed to be recognised for our work as a CITB strategic partner. We have a long and proud history of working with CITB, helping to raise the profile of industry training in the construction sector.”

For information about becoming an NASC member, or to find out more about SG4:15, TG20:13 and the NASC – the scaffolding industry trade body organisation – please visitwww.nasc.org.uk or email: enquiries@nasc.org.uk. Discover all you need to know about the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme atwww.cisrs.org.uk. And to find out more about the CITB awards, please visit www.citb.co.uk/pocawards.