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UNACCREDITED SCAFFOLDERS UNDER PRESSURE

Yet another major contractor pledges support for NASC members

John Sisk & Son Ltd (Sisk) has announced that scaffolding contractors on all of its UK projects must be members of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC).

The move is designed to further reinforce the robust company approach to H&S and it comes after Sisk and Sisk Rail won RoSPA Gold awards at RoSPA’s 2009 Occupational Health and Safety Awards. 

NASC requires member organisations to abide by a strict code of conduct to improve on-site practice. The number of reported accidents and incidents on scaffolding have decreased significantly over the last two decades from 532 in 1980 to 174 by 2007.

James Meredith, Sisk SQE Manager commented: “Health and safety best practice is of the utmost importance to Sisk and we are committed to working with like-minded companies to deliver safe construction sites.”

“Our policy to exclusively use members of the NASC ensures we are only working with companies who have demonstrated a high level of competence in this high risk area of the industry. We would encourage all scaffolding contractors who have not achieved NASC membership to raise their game and meet the high standards required. ”

Bob Whincap, President, NASC, added: “Sisk are adopting a proactive and dynamic approach to their scaffolding works that will ensure only strictly regulated and audited contractors work on Sisk sites.

“This provides them with the confidence that work will be done safely and to the latest guidance on their sites. This is excellent news for Sisk and will provide a wake up call to all scaffolding contractors who still want to work with them”

Comment: Sisk have joined a number of other major UK contractors who have committed to only using NASC accredited scaffolding contractors. This is a positive lead from leading contractors that provides support to the drive towards increasing H&S competence.

Such developments are not surprising given the strict competence requirements under CDM 2007 for clients and contractors to demonstrate their own competence and be satisfied as to the competence of those engaged.

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