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September 11, 2020

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New partnership aims to raise safety standards in UK construction

Scaffolding Association and SafetyCulture have joined forces, giving all 465 member organisations in UK given free access to the iAuditor workplace safety inspection app.

The partnership has been created, with the aim to raise safety standards in the UK construction industry by enabling scaffolding companies to carry out essential risk assessments regularly and thoroughly.

Not-for-profit independent trade association, the Scaffolding Association has linked up with tech firm SafetyCulture, in a partnership that will give all of its members free access to iAuditor, SafetyCulture’s flagship workplace safety inspection app.

A digitised list of checklist templates has been created, containing best practice protocols for high-risk construction environments, which will enable members to build a safety culture from the ground up.

iAuditor has been designed to simplify the auditing process, making it easy for anyone to monitor and manage safety and quality from a mobile device. The technology provides visibility and insights to help raise safety and quality standards across construction sites. In addition to providing checklists, as an inspection management software, iAuditor enables construction teams to collect consistent data, standardise operations, send reports, identify failed areas and get problems resolved.

Dan Joyce, General Manager EMEA, SafetyCulture said: “Top-down, infrequent audits no longer work; companies need better visibility of their sites and real-time data capture to tackle the additional challenges that COVID-19 brings. Empowering staff on the ground and equipping them with the right tools is the first step.

“The Scaffolding Association is a natural partner for us, and our app will help employees of scaffolding companies to report and act on safety concerns in their workplace, in turn aiding companies to make better-informed safety decisions.”

Rob Candy, Chief Executive of the Scaffolding Association, added: “We’re thrilled with this new partnership and pleased to be recommending iAuditor for undertaking risk assessments and inspections. Our ethos and commitment to safer workplaces aligns perfectly with the work SafetyCulture does. Working with them to offer members access to the tools they need to manage workplace safety efficiently and effectively came at the ideal time. The app is simple to use and produces data and reporting facilities that will offer real benefits to our members. It will be a useful addition not only to those with well established procedures and practices, but also to those members who are looking to progress though our membership levels.”

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