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    NEW INDUSTRY BODY LAUNCHED IN SCAFFOLDING SECTOR

    Scaffolding Association inaugural meeting considers scaffolding ‘design issues’  

    A first meeting of the Scaffolding Association took place on 1st February 2012 at The Arden Hotel, Solihull.

    The meeting was held to “discuss design issues within the scaffolding industry”. In attendance were: UK scaffold designers; Joy Jones and Jim Grieve from HSE; Richard Habgood from the APS; John Carpenter from the Temporary Works Forum; and Julie Cooper from Business Education Support and Training.

    The Scaffolding Association is a not-for profit organisation which has been “founded to improve the understanding, safety and standards of scaffolding across the construction industry”.

    The SA mission statement delares that: “we strive to continuously improve competence and minimise risk across the scaffolding industry” by: 

    • supporting the whole of the industry through an competence-based accreditation scheme in line the CDM Regulations 2007;
    • working with procurement partners and others to ensure the right information is available to enable the safe commissioning of scaffolding projects;
    • providing accessible, robust technical guidance for scaffolders and their clients; and
    • encouraging high standards of training and competence across the industry.

    A number of specific objectives can also be found on the SA website.

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