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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.

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NASC Apprentice of the Year 2016 Winner Announced at AGM

NASC Apprentice of the Year 2016 Winner Announced at AGM

The NASC has announced the results of its Apprentice of the Year 2016 Award at its Annual General Meeting in Leeds on Friday November 27th – with Paul Howell of Complete Access winning, and Scott Curtin of Connect Scaffolding named as runner-up.

Paul, 28, will be presented with a trophy and a cash prize of £500 by NASC Training Manager and CISRS Scheme Manager Dave Mosley imminently, whilst the apprentice’s employer Complete Access will also receive a trophy and £500 – to be spent on scaffolding training with a CISRS approved training provider.

Now in its second year, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS)-sponsored NASC Apprentice of the Year scheme is aimed at individuals who are directly employed by an NASC Member company and are either part way through a formal scaffolding apprenticeship with an approved CISRS provider, or alternatively have successfully completed the apprenticeship programme in 2015.

And this year saw a raft of good entries from the confederation’s 200+ full contracting member companies.

The criteria for the apprenticeships award states a successful candidate “needed to be conscientious, have shown a willingness to learn and develop skills and have gone above and beyond the call of duty whilst working their way through the qualification.”

NASC Apprentice of the Year Scheme Judge and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Scaffolding Specialist Account Co-ordinator Diane Wood wanted to see “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.”

CITB’s Diane Wood said: “I have chosen Paul for this award 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.”

Mrs Wood said: “It’s always very difficult choosing a runner-up, as I believe everyone nominated is demonstrating commitment to the industry. A couple of things have just given Scott the edge for me: He is attentive to instruction (particularly handovers and toolbox talks) which a lot of people feel are unnecessary aspects of the job, but are highly important. And Scott has also demonstrated regularly how he works in a methodical manner and effectively responds to carrying out challenging jobs in sensitive environments, ensuring minimum disruption to the client and in meeting tight deadlines.”

Dave Mosley, NASC Director of Training and CISRS Scheme Manager said: “Congratulations to both winner Paul and runner-up Scott – both of whom demonstrated real excellence in their apprenticeships and are an inspiration to all those training in scaffolding.”

For details about scaffolding apprenticeships, 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.

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2015 NASC Biennial Health & Safety Award Winners Revealed at AGM

2015 NASC Biennial Health & Safety Award Winners Revealed at AGM

The NASC’s biennial Health & Safety Awards winners have been announced at the confederation’s AGM in Leeds on Friday November 27th.

In a fully-loaded 2015 AGM agenda – which included the launch of the updated SG4:15 Safety Guidance, Apprentice of the Year Awards and the swearing in of a new President, Alan Lilley (Commercial Scaffolding Ltd) – the NASC 2015 Health and Safety Award winners and runners-up were unveiled and presented with trophies and certificates.

Winners in the larger company (101+ employees) category were Interserve Industrial Services, with Wood Group Industrial Services Ltd ’Highly Commended’ runners-up. And Denholm Industrial Services took the award in the smaller company (1-100 employees) category, with Connect Scaffolding Ltd ‘Highly Commended’ runners-up.

In addition to the winners being presented with a trophy and a certificate at the AGM by new President Alan Lilley, the companies are also entitled to use a bespoke NASC 2015 Health and Safety Award (Winners or Highly Commended) logo on their corporate literature and company website, for a period of two years.

Ken Johnson, responsible for NASC Health & Safety and Technical support said: “Judging highlighted many special features among the shortlisted applicants, all of whom had excellent submissions. The health & safety standard set by NASC members is exceptional. However, these companies have demonstrated an extra level of commitment – hence this prestigious award in recognition of their dedication.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added: “Congratulations to winners Interserve Industrial Services and Denholm Industrial Services, and to runners up in both categories, Wood Group Industrial Services and Connect Scaffolding Ltd. And many thanks to all those companies who participated, and of course to the judges. The standard of entries was extremely high and the event is now well-established in the NASC calendar, with a real incentive now being the ability to carry the NASC H&S Award Winners or Highly Commended branding on their company literature, website and vehicles.”

For details about 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, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk

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NASC’s New Apprentices Challenge Final Figures: 553 & £58,057 Raised for Teenage Cancer Trust

NASC’s New Apprentices Challenge Final Figures: 553 & £58,057 Raised for Teenage Cancer Trust

The outgoing NASC President, Kevin Ward’s ‘New Apprenticeship Challenge’ to create 400 scaffolding apprentices in his two year tenure has been surpassed – with 553 new apprentices created by NASC member companies. And the initiative has also raised £58,057 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

This is great news for both the scaffolding industry and the TCT, and was announced at the confederation’s annual ball at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds on Friday 27th November – two years on from the New Apprentices Challenge launch, following Mr Ward’s inauguration as President in November 2013.

Mr Ward, who was once a scaffolding apprentice himself, said: “When I took on the role of NASC President, I challenged the members to achieve a couple fantastic goals during my two-year term – to create a minimum of 400 new CISRS apprenticeships and raise much needed funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. And I am very pleased to report that we have not only succeed in reaching the 400 target, but actually surpassed it, creating 553 new apprentices, and raised over £58,000 for TCT.

“I would like to thank all NASC member companies who took part in the challenge. They have not only given these enthusiastic young people a great career opportunity in the scaffolding industry, but in the process have invested in the future of their businesses. And special mention must go to NASC member companies, Seabro, Interserve Industrial Services and Connect Scaffolding, who created 92 apprentices between them.

“I’d also like to thank all NASC members who have donated money to this worthy cause (TCT), with additional thanks to the member companies who stepped in and directly sponsored the charitable side of the challenge.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James said: “We are very pleased by the response to the NASC’s New Apprenticeship Challenge. The creation of so many new apprenticeships in just two years – boosting the scaffolding industry and raising money for a great charity simultaneously – is an absolutely superb achievement and a lasting legacy of Mr Ward’s presidency.”

NASC Training Manager and CISRS Scheme Manager, Dave Mosley added: “What an excellent achievement. It shows the commitment of the membership in relation to employing apprentices, whilst helping a very worthy cause at the same time. This really is a ‘good news’ story – particularly when the future of employer funding for apprenticeships is looking uncertain. It’s great to be able to support such a positive initiative.”

Michelle Aucott, Regional Fundraising Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust, West Midlands said: “We are delighted to have the support of NASC and its members. The money raised from the New Apprentices Challenge will help to support young people with cancer, so they don’t have to face their diagnosis alone.”

For details on 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 Launches SG4:15 at AGM

NASC Launches SG4:15 at AGM

The NASC has launched the eagerly-awaited update of the confederation’s core scaffolding fall prevention guidance – SG4:15 – at its AGM in Leeds today (Friday November 27th). 

Fittingly in the confederation’s 70th anniversary year, the widely-recognised and industry standard for safe scaffolding, SG4:15 re-titled ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ – was launched in front of the NASC’s membership, with the document available free to download from the NASC website. Hard copies of the management guidance and SG4:You pocket user guide will follow in due course.

In addition, NASC MD, Robin James also revealed that the updated guidance will be showcased at NASC ’roadshow’ events in 2016.

Whilst many of the principles of SG4 remain unchanged, the fine-tuning “evolution not revolution” updates to the guidance reflect the broader scope introduced by TG20 compliant scaffolds, changes to good practice and industry innovation in the scaffolding sector. 

These include: 

  1. Erecting floor height lifts
  2. Bridging with beams
  3. Loading bay gate installation
  4. Cantilever scaffolding 
  5. Chimney stack scaffolding 
  6. Personal fall protection equipment  

As with previous versions of SG4, the latest SG4:15 update will come in the form of a detailed A4 management guide, ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’  and will be supported by an A5 pocket user guide, SG4:You – providing essential information to scaffolders in a user friendly format.

The NASC’s past President, Kevin Ward said: “SG4 works! The NASC accident statistics speak for themselves and in light of these, this revision has been more of a fine-tuning exercise rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.”

And speaking at the AGM, Mr James said: “We’re very happy to be launching the revised SG4 guidance. Since its inception in the 1990s, SG4 has stood the test of time and evolved to become the de facto standard for the protection of scaffolders working at height. 

“This core NASC publication – backed by BuildUK and principal contractors across the UK and beyond, internationally – continues to focus on prevention and protection, like the ‘Scaffolders’ Safe Zone’, but now also includes a range of updates to reflect changes within the industry, such as the introduction of TG20:13.

“We are confident the latest revision – part of our on-going commitment to update guidance every five years – will be widely accepted by the industry. Working at height is the biggest risk faced by scaffolders and adhering to the principles in SG4:15 will not only serve to offer continual improvement in accident prevention, but will assist users to meet work at height obligations.”  

For details about the latest SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Safety Guidance, the TG20:13 full suite and the NASC – the UK scaffolding industry trade body – including becoming an NASC member, 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 2015 AGM News Round-Up

NASC 2015 AGM News Round-Up

The NASC held its AGM at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds today (November 27th) – releasing a range of news from the UK scaffolding industry trade body.

•SG4:15 ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ Launched
•New President sworn-in: Alan Lilley & Vice-President, Des Moore
•NASC biennial H&S Award winners announced
•2015 Apprentice of the Year unveiled
•New NASC website revealed

The packed agenda – reflecting the high activity levels of the confederation and its membership – included speeches from in-coming President, Alan Lilley (Commercial Scaffolding Ltd), Training Director & CISRS Manager, Dave Mosley and NASC MD, Robin James, to a full audience of NASC contracting, hire and sales and information members.

Addressing the membership, MD Robin James provided a 2015 Annual Review with updates on the activities of the various standing committees (Audit, ASITO, Health & Safety, Technical, Hire, Sales & Manufacturing, Contracts, Employment Affairs & Marketing). And he revealed details of confederation news, including:

1. The launch of SG4:15: ‘Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations’ – available to download free at www.nasc.org.uk
2. The election of a new NASC President, Alan Lilley. And a new vice-President, Des Moore, of TRAD Group Ltd.
3. NASC Health and Safety biennial award winners: Interserve Industrial Services (100+ employees) – ‘Highly Commended’ runners-up Wood Group Industrial Services Ltd – and Denholm Industrial Services (sub-100 employees) – Connect Scaffolding Ltd ‘Highly Commended’ runners-up.
4. 2015 NASC Apprentice of the Year award winner: Paul Howell of Complete Access, and runner-up Scott Curtin of Connect Scaffolding.
5. The imminent launch of a bold new, user-friendly NASC website – with a revised ‘Find a Member’ service, upgraded and easy-to-navigate Online Shop, prominent social media and more.

NASC MD Robin James said: “With TG20:13 a force for good in the industry, the launch of our core guidance, SG4:15, 553 apprentices created and £58,000+ raised for Teenage Cancer Trust by outgoing President, Kevin Ward – not to mention such positive activity for the confederation and our 260+ members – it’s clear the scaffolding and access industry is booming. And NASC is at the heart of the industry activity.

“As ever, the NASC has been helping to set the industry agenda. And we are confident our new president, Alan Lilley, will play a key role in that – especially with his aims of increasing the membership and helping small and medium sized firms to get on board.

“I would like to thank the standing committee members. They are the lifeblood and shop window of our organisation and are what helps to make us such a force within the scaffolding sector and the wider construction industry.”

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In-coming President, Alan Lilley said: “It is with a sense of pride that I take on the role of President of the confederation for the next two years. I am pleased that the NASC has never been in a stronger position than it is at this time: Membership is at an all time high, our technical and safety guidance is widely published and adopted, the messages we put out are being heard and I now believe the NASC is the premier trade body in the UK.

“It is my aim to increase the NASC membership and to make it attractive to small and medium sized companies in the UK – giving them as much assistance as possible to reach the high standards of the organisation and achieve membership status. The NASC is not a ‘closed shop’– we are open to all bone fide companies where access and scaffolding provides a significant part of their business.”

For details about becoming an NASC member and 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.

And for more details on CISRS training, including a list of current providers, please visit: www.cisrs.org.uk