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    USE OF REGULATED SCAFFOLDERS IS WIDENING

    NASC members now operating across all construction projects

    Research within the NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation) membership has revealed that 35% of NASC member companies currently work on very small scaffolding projects such as refurbishment of residential dwellings lasting a matter of days.

    NASC argue that this research shows that, despite the ecomomic downturn, the scaffold best practice and stringent safety levels followed by NASC members can still be afforded on smaller projects. Members are audited regularly and must abide by the latest industry safety guidance. 

    Bob Whincap NASC President said: “the cowboy style approach to scaffolding is unfortunately still very visible on small scaffolds seen on many public streets. I think there has been a misconception that using a regulated scaffolding company such as an NASC member was restricted to larger projects.

    This research proves otherwise. This should now prompt any individual, any company and any contractor anywhere in Britain to insist on only using a competent and regulated scaffolding contractor for their work”

    Comment: The CDM 2007 duty to check health and safety competence leads many clients and contractors to conclude that risks from engaging non-NASC members are now too great. 

    The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 (CMCH) may also be having an impact. In the event of a fatal scaffolding collapse the Police/HSE investigation under CMCH will look very closely at how the parties involved established competency of the scaffolding services procured.

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