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KEY SCAFFOLD SAFETY GUIDANCE UPDATED AND FREE

NASC publish revised SG4:15 online for free download

The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has launched an update of their core scaffolding fall prevention guidance SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations. The guidance will be showcased at NASC ’roadshow’ events throughout 2016.

Many of the principles contained in previous versions of SG4 remain unchanged and the guidance therefore represents fine-tuning,“evolution not revolution”. It reflects the broader scope introduced by NASC TG20 compliant scaffolds, changes to good practice and industry innovation in the scaffolding sector. These include:

  1. Erecting floor height lifts
  2. Bridging with beams
  3. Loading bay gate installation
  4. Cantilever scaffolding
  5. Chimney stack scaffolding
  6. Personal fall protection equipment

The SG4:15 update comes in the form of a detailed A4 management guide supported by an A5 pocket user publication.

Backed by UK Principal Contractors

The NASC past President, Kevin Ward said:

“SG4 works! The NASC accident statistics speak for themselves and in light of these, this revision has been more of a fine-tuning exercise rather than trying to reinvent the wheel. We’re very happy to be launching the revised SG4 guidance. Since its inception in the 1990s, SG4 has stood the test of time and evolved to become the de facto standard for the protection of scaffolders working at height.

This core NASC publication – backed by BuildUK and Principal Contractors across the UK and beyond, internationally – continues to focus on prevention and protection, like the ‘Scaffolders’ Safe Zone’, but now also includes a range of updates to reflect changes within the industry, such as the introduction of TG20:13.

We are confident the latest revision – part of our on-going commitment to update guidance every five years – will be widely accepted by the industry. Working at height is the biggest risk faced by scaffolders and adhering to the principles in SG4:15 will not only serve to offer continual improvement in accident prevention, but will assist users to meet work at height obligations.”

 

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