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2017 Fatality-Free For Scaffolding Industry, Report Reveals
The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) 2018 Safety Report has revealed that 2017 was a fatality-free year for the scaffolding industry, the fifth year in a row this has been achieved.
It was found that accidents and injuries recorded by members of the organisation reached an all-time low last year, with just 89 incidents taking place on sites throughout the 12 months.
There were just 17 major injuries recorded, a drop of 37 per cent on the 27 seen the year before, and there were 89 total incidents – a fall on the 96 seen in 2016. What’s more, there was a 46 per cent drop in falls from height and a 36 per cent reduction in manual handling injuries year on year. And no members of the general public were injured around member scaffolds during 2017.
President of the NASC Des Moore noted how workplace accidents can indeed be reduced by complying with safety standards and adhering to guidance published by the NASC.
“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,” he went on to say.
However, Mr Moore did point out that more work still needs to be done because for the 13th year in a row slips, trips and falls were found to be at the same level and represent the most common cause of injury and accident – making up one-third of all reported injuries. This is something the NASC will continue to address in the future.
Here at Burflex, we always prioritise safety and efficiency, inspecting, assessing and monitoring every single element of all our scaffolding systems, from small and more simple projects to more complex structures all over the UK.
We’re members of the NASC and the organisation carries out strict audits of all its members to make sure they meet the NASC criteria code of conduct and code of practice. What this means is that the end result is a product and service of the highest industry standard on every job we take on.
Not only that, we’re also ISO 9001:2008 accredited, which demonstrates our ability to provide products that meet customer, statutory and regulatory requirements. When it comes to health and safety, you have no need to worry as we always make sure this is a top priority for all the jobs that come our way, no matter how big or how small.
If you’d like to find out more about what we can do and how we can help you get your project off the ground, get in touch with our friendly and experienced team of professionals today. Our head office is based in Hull and we have contact offices in Lincoln, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds – so we’re able to provide expert services quickly and efficiently to our customers across the north-west and further afield.
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