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    SCAFFOLD CONTRACTOR SELECTION

    Whistleblowing on use of non-regulated scaffold contractors

    The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is encouraging their members to anonymously ‘whistle blow’ on principle contractors who continue to opt for engaging non-regulated scaffolding companies. The new facility is available in the members area of the NASC website.

    Kevin Mouatt, NASC President said “lowest price is still being selected over best practice and regulation in some corners of the construction industry”. He went on add that “sites opting for non regulated scaffolding contractors are turning a blind eye on scaffolding safety and this has to stop!”

    However, the NASC state that their annual safety report again shows that the number of regulated scaffolding operatives is rising whilst the number of injuries and the frequency rate continues to fall. The NASC annual safety report is available free of charge if you enquiries@nasc.org.uk or telephone 020 7822 7400.

    Comment: This is a bold move by the NASC. Whistleblowing fellow contractors, principal or otherwise, is not a common place practice within the UK construction industry. Perhaps it should be? Principal contractors who engage scaffolding contractors using untrained erectors working in a dangerous manner deserve to have the whistle blown. This is for their own good and before they find themselves facing a charge of corporate manslaughter.

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