Accident rates hit record lows for NASC scaffolders

Grant Prior 1 month ago
Share

The number of accidents and injuries in the scaffolding sector recorded by NASC members fell to an all-time low in 2017.

The trade body’s latest safety report reveals just 89 incidents among member firms occurring on-site throughout the year.

The NASC 2018 Safety Report documents and analyses accident and injury statistics for its full contracting members – representing more than 16,000 scaffolding operatives across the UK – in the previous calendar year.

For the fifth year running, the NASC reported a fatality-free year. The number of injuries and accidents in 2017 fell to a new low, continuing a decades-long general trend in ever-reducing incidences.

The report reveals there were just 17 major injuries recorded in 2017, down 37% from 27 in 2016, and 89 incidences in total, down from 96 in 2016.

There was also a 46% reduction in falls from height and 36% reduction in manual handling injuries year-on-year. Additionally, no members of the public were injured around NASC member scaffolds in 2017.

Des Moore, CEO of TRAD Group and NASC President, said: “The 2018 Safety Report shows how workplace accidents can be reduced through compliance with industry safety standards and adherence to NASC guidance.

“It is very encouraging to see that the number of accidents recorded by NASC members fell to a record low in 2017, continuing a long-established downward trend dating back many decades that corresponds with a gradual rise of awareness and implementation of on-site health and safety practices, which continues to this day.

“It is particularly pleasing to look at how far our members have come in just the past five years, with the number of reported incidents having fallen 34 per cent from the 2012 figure (134 to 89) and the incidence and frequency rates both down by more than 40 per cent.

“There is more work to be done, however. For the 13th consecutive year, slips, trips and falls on the same level was the most common cause of accident and injury – representing a third of all reported injuries.

“This type of incident can easily lead to serious injury or even fatality and as such is something we’ll continue to seek to address.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “The NASC is committed to driving up safety standards in access and scaffolding, and firmly believes in the need for accountability and transparency, which is why we go to such lengths to compile and publish the Safety Report each year.

“The data validates our wider efforts to help our members maintain the highest possible standards, enabling them to keep their contracted operatives safe on construction sites across the UK.”

Latest news

Flooring specialist Polydeck Group in administration

Firm was locked in a long-running payment row with Balfour Beatty
1 day ago

Mace on board for £100m Olympia revamp

Exhibition centre will remain open during major refurbishment programme
2 days ago

Construction green light for delayed £135m bypass

Work on the Caernarfon and Bontnewydd bypass to start in November
2 days ago

Plans lodged for over 1,300 Lincoln Uni student rooms

Student complex to kick start £150m St Marks scheme
2 days ago

Fleeing tax cheats grounded over £1m phantom homes scam

HMRC officers catch construction con artists hiding in a Benidorm villa
2 days ago

United Utilities starts £800m network maintenance race

Shortlisted firms to be invited in July to bid for six-year framework
2 days ago

Network Rail renews cost consultant team

Currie and Brown, Motts, Gleeds, Arcadis, T+T and Corderoy win cost planning places
2 days ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
3 weeks ago

KeolisAmey JV wins £5bn Welsh rail franchise

Joint venture will deliver £700m south wales Metro electrification project
3 days ago

Retractable pitch tested at Spurs stadium site

Huge pitch trays and touchline hydraulics in action for the first time
3 days ago

Builders named for £1.5bn Scottish social housing panel

Robertson, ENGIE, Bancon and Hadden take top honours
3 days ago

Bovis Homes fends off shareholder revolt over pay

Shareholders voted 38% against remuneration report at agm
3 days ago

Site safety shambles at care home extension

Residents put at fire risk from timber frame scheme. Main contractor now in liquidation
3 days ago

Wates wins £23m contract with London’s Brent Council

Work to start on Knowles House redevelopment in Harlesden
3 days ago

Speller Metcalfe wins £18m Coventry Uni job

Speller to start next month on former hospital site at Gulson Road
3 days ago

GPE to start trio of projects despite London caution

All three projects located next to Crossrail stations
4 days ago

Government slammed for not spotting Carillion was in trouble

Carillion bosses talked officials out of highest risk rating
4 days ago

Bouygues tipped for £135m Cardiff innovation campus

Cardiff University close to selecting firm after Kier moved on after pre-construction
4 days ago

Dandara plans 340-flat Bristol build to rent project

Bedminster plan includes a podium and tower at St Catherine's Place
4 days ago

Morrison agrees £59m price for East Ayrshire school complex

New Cumnock school complex incorporates three primary schools and two academies
4 days ago

Welsh towers get cash to replace Grenfell style cladding

Trio of Newport resi blocks get £3m of government funding to remove ACM panels
4 days ago

WSP raids CH2M and Atkins for infrastructure hires

WSP boosts local government transport arm
4 days ago

Galliford Try starts £47m Solihull retirement village

Contractor starts eleventh scheme for ExtraCare Charitable Trust
4 days ago

Sisk confirms next £96m office at Manchester Circle Square

Total orders at Manchester city centre scheme reach £240m
4 days ago

Galliford Try expects further hit from Aberdeen Bypass

Bad weather earlier this year drives up finishing costs on delayed Scottish road
5 days ago

Green light for Manchester’s Old Granada studio revamp

Work to start on studio revamp and new hotel in June
5 days ago

Renew counts cost of gas contracting exit

Renew expects the year ahead to show show growth after acquisition of rail contractor QTS
5 days ago

Drones to move construction materials around sites

Future gazer also predicts floating buildings and 3D printing solving the housing crisis
5 days ago

Forterra to boost brick production with new £95m plant

Materials giant to double capacity at Desford site
5 days ago

Watkin Jones has £900m of student schemes in pipeline

Sector still booming as contractor also continues expansion in build to rent market
5 days ago

Contractor services