It is always sad to see or hear of an accident in the scaffolding industry. What’s even worse is hearing that it could have been avoided. Accidents can and do happen, which is why we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our employees and the public when undertaking every single.
Looking further ahead we are looking to further increase our already exemplary safety record. Luckily we are in a position of growth in the company and with that we are looking to expand even further. We feel by joining a recognised body can add to that growth and our overall credibility in the industry.
The NASC (National Access and Scaffolding Confederation) is recognised as the national trade body for access and scaffolding in the UK. Members of the NASC are strictly regulated to ensure a continuous high standard of scaffolding practice.
By understanding what to expect from an NASC member you can obtain a high level of reassurance that when you employ an NASC member to carry out scaffold work or supply scaffold equipment you are making an informed decision, you know what to expect, your expectations are met and of course ultimately you are making the right choice.
Numerous pro-active main contractors and clients are already insisting that their scaffolding contractor is a NASC member.
Is NASC Membership a Must For Scaffolding Companies?
It would seem from the last paragraph in the statement above and reading more details on their website. Most large construction companies like Bovis, Carillion, Clugston and John Sisk & Son will only now work with NASC registered scaffolders.
Transport for London are quoted on the site stating:-
“TfL will be adopting the NASC’s full guidelines and applaud their ‘fight’ for a universal improvement into the tightening of conditions for scaffolding contractors.”
More Likely The Answer is Yes
So what will this mean to the smaller and less established scaffolding companies? Well membership to the NASC is not cheap for a start. But finance alone is not the only hurdle. The selection process is rigorous to say the least and with no guarantee of becoming a member. Additionally you are also required to be a member of the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board). If you do get through the selection process the ongoing commitment to fulfill best practice can be a full time post for someone in the office.
To surmise all-in-all though we feel the positives outweigh the negatives and looking to the future sustained growth of regulated Scaffolding Companies will be obtained by joining organisations like the NASC.