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ACCESS AND SCAFFOLDING BODY ANNUAL REPORT

NASC publishes details of scaffolding injury statistics

The National Association of Access and Scaffolding Contractors (NASC) has published the Safety Report documenting injury statistics for all NASC full contracting member companies in 2014. The report covers 14,988 operatives which constitutes a major proportion of the UK’s total scaffolding workforce.

NASC full contracting members are required to submit a completed annual accident return as a requirement of membership, and the NASC Safety Report is based on data generated by this exercise. The report features:

  • Injuries and fatalities to operatives, members of the public and third parties;
  • Accident causes and types;
  • Detailed analysis of accidents; and
  • Comparison of HSE/NASC accident statistics.

The report shows there were no fatal accidents within the membership. However, the total number of accidents reported by NASC members increased by 9% from 96 in 2013 to 105 in 2014.

New core guidance expected later in 2015

The report shows 24 falls from height in 2014, with the highest reported fall being from 6m. Nine reported falls were from scaffolds or working platforms, of which were six from under 4m, with three falls at 4m or above, and seven falls were from ladders.

In 2014 the highest number of accidents occurred in the 21- 30 age group = 43 (41%) followed by the 41- 50 age group = 24 (23%). These two groups accounted for 64% of all accidents. The report contains further detailed analysis.

NASC President, Kevin Ward said:

“The annual report continues to demonstrate to the wider industry the continued commitment of NASC members when it comes to dealing with all matters Health and Safety related. It is therefore no surprise that continuous positive performance is evident in this latest set of statistics. These hard facts help to underpin the professional status for NASC regulated member companies.”

NASC Managing Director, Robin James added:

“Once again, the annual NASC Safety Report has delivered positive numbers for the confederation membership and has provided engaging analysis, which can be used to raise standards and levels of safety in the scaffolding and access industry. We will be encouraging members to continue to work towards reducing accident figures.

In addition to the Safety Report, the NASC Health and Safety Committee has asked members about any aspects they would like considered in the current review of its core Health and Safety guidance, SG4.

Work is under-way on the update, SG4:15, set to launch in the Autumn. And new Slips Trips and Falls guidance and other new and revised safety publications will launch in 2015.”

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