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Safety still the main priority for scaffolders

Safety still the main priority for scaffolders

By on Jul 30, 2021 in Blog, Scaffolding |

Safety still remains the main priority for scaffolders, after the NASC 2021 Safety Report reported the second-lowest figure for accidents and injuries throughout 2020.

The NASC is one of the leading UK scaffolding trade bodies that publish their annual Safety report and contains accident statistics, analysis and plans to improve safety standards in the scaffold industry.

The NASC 2021 Safety Report explained

According to their statistics, just 81 incidents were reported last year; which is just 7 more than the previous year (2019), which was an all-time low.

The NASC has stated that the 99.5% of its members went through the entire year accident and injury-free.

Some other interesting anecdotes from the report include, the main causes of slips and trips were human error (55%), followed by poor site housekeeping and poor ground conditions (both 19%), and 69% of all recorded operative falls from height were suffered by scaffolders in the 31-40 age bracket.

Lynn Way, NASC President commented,

“Whilst we’re proud of the headlines figures contained within this year’s Safety Report, this publication is intended to be much more than just a line in the sand, an annual yardstick to measure general safety success against previous years.

“It is also a way in which we can learn why incidents occurred with a view to developing ways in which to reduce them – benefiting both NASC members and the wider scaffolding and construction industries.”

Robin James, NASC Managing Director added,

“It should be remembered that during 2020 scaffolders were faced with challenging Covid-19 related working conditions, with operatives forced to significantly change the way they worked on-site. Also, they ensured that safety standards were not compromised.”

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