Number Of Scaffolding Accidents Hits ‘All Time Low’

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Number Of Scaffolding Accidents Hits ‘All Time Low’

When looking for scaffolding contractors for a commercial project in Hull, ensuring you go with a company which has a great reputation for safe scaffolding erections is vital. Employee safety is undoubtedly one of your most important concerns on the site, so you’ll be happy to hear that site incidents are at an all time low.

According to the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation’s (NASC) annual safety report, there were no scaffolding-related fatalities recorded across its membership in 2017. And while this is good news, it also marks the fifth year in a row that no fatality has been recorded.

However, the real change came in the overall number of incidents recorded. The number of major incidents fell by 37 per cent year on year, from 27 in 2016 to just 17 in 2017. Falls from heights had also fallen by 46 per cent year on year.

Those with injuries which meant leaving the worksite for more than seven days had, however, increased slightly year on year.

In their report, the NASC pitch their member figures against the larger construction industry, with statistics provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), however, specific information for scaffolding injury has not been provided for the years from 2013/2014 onwards.

It also records the number of injuries caused to third parties (ie. trades working on the site over than scaffolding contractors) and to the general public. No injuries were recorded to the latter, however, the number of incidents involving third parties did grow year on year.