UK Contractors Group supports NASC scaffolding guidance

By Maria Hadlow24 April 2012

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) is supporting NASC's (National Access & Scaffolding Confederation) guidance on appointing scaffolding contractors.

The UKCG represents about 30 leading construction contractors, which generates over a third of the total UK construction turnover, has agreed to support the guidance produced by the NASC in its 'Guide to Appointing and Managing Scaffolding Contractors'

The document, which has had over 1200 requests since its launch in the summer of 2011, has been reviewed by the UKCG and it has agreed that it contains appropriate guidance for UKCG members to work to.

Stephen Ratcliffe, director of UKCG said, "UKCG's aim is to aspire to world class standards of best practice for UK construction and we are pleased to co-brand this guidance from the NASC as it complements our objectives perfectly. We recognise that NASC sets the standards for scaffolding in the UK and this guidance makes sound logical sense for all construction contractors to adhere to. "

The guidance is a free specification document intended to provide advice and instruction for all organisations (or individuals) who are responsible for appointing, monitoring or managing scaffolding contractors, the guidance is appropriate for all sizes of construction contractors.

Rob Lynch, NASC President said, "The demand for this guidance is a signal that industry is increasingly prepared to take the risks associated with scaffolding seriously. The UKCG's support of this guidance will accelerate the adoption of this best practice across the construction sector. The NASC membership have all signed up to this best practice, employing one of the 204 NASC contracting members will therefore provide a significant degree of comfort to any contractor or client.'

The guidance is provided in an editable Microsoft Word document format allowing the user to add any local variations their particular organisation may have.

The guidance document is available on request from the NASC, via and is available to UKCG members via the UKCG website.

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