Scaffolding accidents and incidents fell by 20% despite an increase in scaffolders, latest figures show.
The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation annual safety report is an audit of all ‘contracting’ members reported incidents and accidents during the last 12 months. Submission of data is compulsory for all contracting members of the confederation.
Scaffolders working for NASC members increased by 12% compared to the previous year yet the number of incidents and accidents has decreased by 20% compared to the previous year.
Bob Whincap, immediate past president of the NASC said: “The vigour with which NASC members continually improve on scaffolding safety is a testament to our commitment to obtain only the highest standards of scaffolding expertise. Non-regulated scaffolding firms are at odds with the demands that industry now expects, if a company cannot meet the criteria of the NASC then you have to question their safety practices and ultimately the very serious risk they expose to themselves and others around them”