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Swedish Scaffolding Association Given CISRS Training Centre Tour

Swedish Scaffolding Association Given CISRS Training Centre Tour

The NASC and CISRS arranged for more than 70 Swedish scaffolding industry professionals to gain a first-hand feel for scaffolding training in the UK during a visit to the National Construction College near Glasgow.

The overseas group – consisting members of the STIB, an association of Swedish scaffolding contractors – had travelled to Scotland for their AGM.

With the UK regarded as leaders in scaffolding training, STIB contacted the NASC to see whether they could take a trip to a CISRS approved training centre.

STIB members were given a tour of the centre, witness CISRS training taking place and received short presentations from CISRS Scheme Manager David Mosley on the goals and objectives of the NASC and CISRS and an overview of the UK scaffolding market from Haki Ltd’s Charles Stratford, Engineering Manager, and Steve Coshall, Sales Manager.

David Mosley said: “It was great to meet all the members of STIB, an association which we have developed positive working relationships with through our mutual membership of UEG, the representative body for scaffolding in Europe.

“I’d like to thank Alastair O’May, Head of the Access department at NCC Scotland for hosting the event.”

Hakan Carlsson, STIB Permanent Secretary, said: “Our members really enjoyed the tour. It was great to witness first-hand how scaffolding training is delivered in the UK. I’m sure our members have picked up more than a few ideas from CISRS in relation to scaffolding training which they can put into practice in Sweden.”

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NASC Annual Company Profile – Statement

NASC Annual Company Profile – Statement

By Robin James, NASC Managing Director

“It has come to our attention that the Construction Forum Magazine (CFM) has been emailing NASC members regarding an opportunity to advertise in the ‘NASC Association Company Profile November 2018’.

Please note that this profile has not been booked by the NASC and we have not shared any member information or contact details with CFM. It is our understanding that CFM intends to publish a selection of NASC news items taken from the NASC website and supplement this content with member editorial/advertising.

“I would like to stress that while you are welcome to take up this opportunity you are not obliged to do so.”

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NASC Awards – Get Your Entries in Now!

NASC Awards – Get Your Entries in Now!

The deadline for this year’s NASC Awards has been extended following feedback from a number of members.

While we have been impressed with the volume and standard of entries received, we have been made aware that some members found the entry requirements for the Health & Safety categories off-putting and were unclear of the scope of the Innovation of the Year category.

As such, we’ve removed the need to submit H&S entry forms via USB and amended the wording on the Innovation form to read “products and processes” – open to innovative products as well as ways of working.

Entry forms can be found here. Members have until 5pm on Friday 28 September to submit their entries.

 

Reasons to enter

We’ve streamlined the process to make submitting an entry or entries as simple as possible.

Not only could you win an NASC Award, your entry may also be featured in the NASC 2019 Yearbook free of charge. Shortlisted entries will also receive NASC Awards Finalist logos to use on their websites and email footers.

Post event, NASC Award winners will receive video packages celebrating their success as well as NASC Awards Winners logos and lauded across the various NASC social media channels and website and relevant trade media titles. Previous winners have told us their successes have given them a competitive advantage and helped them secure new business.

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NASC Hosts Second Successful Safety Seminar

NASC Hosts Second Successful Safety Seminar

Representatives from main contractors and housebuilders attended the NASC Safety Seminar in Manchester.

The morning event saw delegates – consisting primarily of Health and Safety, Contracts and Operations professionals – discuss a range of issues relating to scaffolding and safety on site and ways in which the NASC and its members can work more collaboratively with them to further raise standards.

The event was chaired by Wayne Connolly, Managing Director of Connolly Scaffolding Ltd and NASC North and North Wales regional Chair.

Speakers at the seminar included Des Moore, CEO of TRAD Group and NASC President and David Mosley, CISRS Scheme Manager, with guest speaker Bill Hill, Chief Executive of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.

Wayne Connolly said: “It was fantastic to talk to people working throughout the north west who regularly employ the services of scaffolding contractors about safety and learn more about the issues and challenges they face.

“The speakers helped frame the event, giving a quick overview of what the NASC’s objectives are and the areas in which its actively working on – including raising awareness of the importance of providing mental health support as well as improving mentoring opportunities and addressing the skills gap – which the delegates built upon during the break out and Q&A sessions.”

Des Moore added: “I’d like to thank the delegates for giving up their time to join us at this informal seminar and for providing such useful views and opinions on the day. We’ll use this feedback to help refine and enhance our engagement with main contractors, housebuilders and other businesses that procure scaffolding in the future.”

This seminar followed a similar NASC event held in London earlier this year. Further events will be held across the UK next year.

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NASC Releases TG20:13 Maintenance Update

NASC Releases TG20:13 Maintenance Update

The NASC has released an updated version of its TG20:13 eGuide – required by all existing users of version 1.2.

Version 1.3 – which can be downloaded for free here in Windows, Mac and Android formats – has been created in response to a recent change in the way Google Maps works. This change sometimes causes version 1.2 to stop when trying to progress from the wind map screen to the compliance sheet.

Existing users will need to uninstall their current eGuide before installing the maintenance upgrade. This issue does not affect users with version 1.0 or 1.1 of the eGuide. The NASC will update the DVD edition for new customers.

For technical support email CADS via support@cads.co.uk or call 01202 603733.

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Improving the Payment Process Through the Use of a Schedule of Rates

Improving the Payment Process Through the Use of a Schedule of Rates

By David Brown, Managing Surveyor at IBN Scaffold Access Ltd and Chair of the NASC Contracts Committee

While great strides have been made in the post-Carillion era to shine the spotlight on the importance of prompt payments to subcontractors, more must also be done to streamline the pre-payment process – something that will benefit the whole construction industry.

It is clear that the failure of main contractors and other clients to stick to agreed payment terms can severely impact on a subcontractor’s ability to continue to operate.

That is why it has been great to see such prominence given in recent months to the need for fair payment practices to be adopted and adhered to and more and more companies sign up to the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter.

But while it’s only right that payment practices are tightened, more can be done by both clients and subcontractors to further improve the pre-payment process through better management of sub-contract accounts during the course of the Project.

The area we are particularly focused on here is ensuring there is no discrepancy between client and subcontractor on the cost of the works carried out, something that can easily arise through the undertaking of additional works.

Additional works are commonplace on almost all construction projects. This comes despite the best efforts at tender stage to produce a detailed and fixed schedule of works as unfortunately in our industry plans and programmes change, which result in a change to the planned works. When the original scope of works changes resulting in additional works, it is only fair that the subcontractor is remunerated for the additional works carried out.

From the client’s perspective they need confidence that the additional works have been valued fairly and where appropriate on a pro rata basis to the items detailed in the original scope of works. The extent and cost of additional works can often be the cause of conflict between the client and subcontractor and create an additional barrier that prevents prompt payment.

The NASC encourages scaffolding contractors to avoid any uncertainty regarding variation orders through the use of a schedule of rates, an example of which is included in the CG11:17 Preparation of Schedule of Rates guidance.

The incorporation of a schedule of rates into a contract can have a number of advantages:

  • Rates for additional works are agreed from the outset
  • Disputes in connection with the valuation of additional works are avoided completely or at least significantly reduced
  • Valuation and payment of additional work is made easier and earlier thereby improving cash flow
  • Schedules can be incorporated within the sub-contract order
  • Final accounts are prepared more quickly because of fewer disputes
  • Clients appreciate the clarity on how additional works are measured and valued, something an agreed schedule of rates can achieve

A schedule of rates should be prepared at tender stage, negotiated with the client during pre-contract discussions and incorporated into the contract documents / orders from the outset. It is possible to agree them after the contract has started particularly if the contract is unexpectedly found to be subject to an excessive number of variations, however the preference would be to agree a schedule of rates in the first instance.

A schedule of rates can help to significantly streamline the pre-payment process and also ensure the client / subcontractor relationship isn’t affected by any financial disputes.

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NASC Unveils Vice Squad

NASC Unveils Vice Squad

The NASC has appointed four regional Vice Chairs as part of its efforts to improve succession planning and ensure members across the UK always have a local representative to contact for guidance and support.

The new Vice Chairs are; Mike Lloyd, Managing Director at LTC Scaffolding Ltd – London/South East region; Matthew Cousins, Director at Apex Scaffolding (Exeter) Ltd – South West region; Lisa Rooney, Financial Director at Midlands Scaffolding Services Ltd – Midlands region; and Darren Maratty, Managing Director at Interlink Scaffolding Ltd – Northern and North Wales region.

Expressions of interest will shortly be sought from NASC Scotland/NI members with a view to securing the full set of regional Vice Chairs by the autumn.

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “The new NASC Vice Chairs will replace the current regional chairs at the end of their respective tenures. Having them in place now allows them to prepare for the role well in advance as well as ensuring members know who will be representing them in the future.

“We’d like to thank our new regional Vice Chairs for putting their names forward and taking on the responsibility of voicing the interests of members in their regions in due course.”

 

London/South East

Mike Lloyd, Managing Director at LTC Scaffolding Ltd, said: “I have been involved in the construction industry for nearly 30 years following graduation from university in 1991 having completed a surveying degree. During my time as owner of LTC Scaffolding I have seen the industry develop to a point where health and safety is at the forefront of all that we do and should always be second nature in the way that we do it.

“I am keen to take a more active role within our industry and therefore the NASC to assist in the evolution of our trade and businesses. I’d like to help improve the way we are perceived by prospective clients and those who may wish to enter into the industry for employment and the way we train and develop those within the industry in a way that allows us to achieve and maintain high standards of excellence and safety.

“We need to be alert and flexible to the changing needs and geographical nuances of our clients and the employment markets they work in and protect our industry by naming and shaming those outside of the NASC that contravene the safety standards the construction industry and the NASC have worked so hard to develop and implement.”

 

South West

Matthew Cousins, Director at Apex Scaffolding (Exeter) Ltd, said: “I have been involved in the scaffolding industry for more than 17 years, having joined Apex Scaffolding in 2001 as a temp and rising to the position of Commercial Director in 2014. In all this time I have been fully aware of the positive impact and influence NASC membership has had on the company and embraced the benefits it has brought.

“Apex Scaffolding has been a member of the NASC for 24 years and has always taken an active role in the meetings and committees. As such, when I was offered the chance to sit on the Contracts Committee, I was delighted to accept, and always feel like we make progress in the meetings.

“With regard to the regional Vice Chair position I am thankful to be given this opportunity and look forward to developing my role as time progresses and tackling the new challenges that will come my way.”

 

Midlands

Lisa Rooney, Financial Director, Midlands Scaffolding Services Ltd, said: “I have been working within the scaffolding industry for more than 15 years, firstly starting out in office admin then moving on to surveying, during which I gained a knowledge of scaffolding which has helped me within all my roles at MSS.

“MSS has been a long-standing and supportive member of the NASC, with my co-director and father being an active NASC Council member and NASC Health and Safety Committee Chair. MSS Managing Director, Adrian Rooney, is committed to the NASC and its ethos, a stance I fully share and support.

“I feel my knowledge of the industry and the NASC will stand me in good stead as Vice Chair of the region.”

 

Northern

Darren Maratty, MD, Interlink Scaffolding Ltd, said: “At ISL we have very strong opinions on what we do and what we need to do to stand out from other companies, not only in our area but on all of our projects. I am proud to drive the ISL ethos, which is to become one of the best within our industry. I want to extend this ethos as Northern region Vice Chair.

“I am passionate about all aspects of scaffolding and am looking forward to bringing this enthusiasm to the NASC team, to help support and promote the wider membership and the industry as a whole.”

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NASC Launches New SSIP Assessment Portal

NASC Launches New SSIP Assessment Portal

The NASC has developed a new online portal to make SSIP assessments more accessible for full contracting members.

Since becoming a SSIP Registered Member in September 2017 the NASC has been able to offer free SSIP assessments for its members as part of the annual online audit process.  With this new standalone portal, members now have the ability to complete their full SSIP assessment outside of their audit schedule.

By offering this new service NASC members will not be in the predicament of being without SSIP membership through another scheme whilst waiting for the NASC audit to come around for them to be assessed.

NASC Membership Manager Jamie McGuire said: “Our initial intention was to provide one membership certificate featuring an NASC audit expiry date and an SSIP expiry date, with the aim of having both dates aligned.  But a large percentage of our members already held SSIP membership and were choosing the “Deem to Satisfy” route, which often led to some confusion on the certificate and could be perceived that the company wasn’t currently compliant. Nobody wants an out of date expiry date on their certificate.”

A new NASC SSIP certificate has been created and will soon be in circulation within the industry.

NASC Audit Committee Chairman Mel Archer commented: “Essentially, we have given the members more ability to qualify for free SSIP assessments which is a fantastic benefit. It not only saves time in avoiding duplication of PQQs for our members, it means they save costs when applying for other SSIP schemes.”

The new portal is available here and is currently only available for current NASC full members, or companies undergoing the NASC application process.  It is envisaged that in the future NASC will open up SSIP assessment to non-NASC members for a fee.

If you are interested in applying for NASC full membership please click here or contact membership@nasc.org.uk to discuss the benefits of joining the NASC.

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NASC to Host Safety Seminar

NASC to Host Safety Seminar

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is hosting a Safety Seminar in Manchester on Thursday 20 September.

The purpose of this informal event is to bring delegates up to speed with how the confederation is continuing to raise health and safety standards in the scaffolding and access industry and explain how this might benefit them.

The event is aimed at representatives from companies that regularly utilise the services of scaffolding contractors. This could include main contractors, local authorities, major housebuilders and developers.

Speakers on the day include Des Moore, TRAD Group CEO and NASC President, Robin James, NASC Managing Director, and Wayne Connolly, Managing Director of Connolly Scaffolding and Chair of the NASC Northern and North Wales region.

Des Moore said: “We’re keen to engage with delegates; letting them know a little bit about what the confederation is doing to drive safety standards upwards and also learn what challenges they face and what more we can do to help them achieve their objectives.”

The briefing will take place at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Thursday 20 September from 9am to noon. Delegates will receive free copies of our TG20:13 Guide to Good Practice for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding (Full Suite worth £612, one copy issued per delegate company) and safety guidance pocket guides.

Please note that spaces are limited. To register your interest in attending please contact Simon Robinson, NASC Marketing Manager, by email.