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November 17, 2009

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Work at height- Scaffolding firms are failing industry standards

So far this year 65 companies have applied to join The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), but only nine have met the standards required to join the organisation.In order to gain membership companies must directly employ more than 75 per cent of its labour workforce. The NASC demands this percentage to ensure that member companies are committed to providing training to full-time staff.The NASC also requires members to send 75 per cent of its scaffold operatives on a training course run by The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS). The course offers training at various levels from labourer through to scaffold supervisor, and delegates the successfully complete the course will receive a CISRS qualification card.NASC president Bob Whincap said: “Companies need to understand that it is not easy to become a NASC member, not because we want to exclude companies, but because we set high standards. Despite a large number of companies not meeting the criteria on their first attempt, these companies have listened to our advice on how to reach our criteria, and have gone away to implement the necessary changes.”The confederation currently boasts 210 member companies, which equates to more than 15,000 scaffolders across the UK.

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