UK trend to scaffold contractor certification
By Patrick Hill14 August 2008
The UK's National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) said its 21 new members so far this year signals a trend by the UK construction industry to use ‘regulated' scaffolding companies. The NASC has ten other companies in its membership application pipeline, while new members in 2007, in comparison, totalled 17.
"We are a dynamic organisation that drives change, we are not lowering our standards - the scaffolding industry is rising to meet them and that can only be good news for everyone," said Robin James, NASC managing director. "The signs couldn't be clearer; the construction industry is no longer willing to tolerate non-regulated scaffolding companies."
The NASC has 182 members and claims to represent 75% of the UK scaffolding business volume. It said membership grows without comprising standards. Audits during both the application process and actual membership help ensure compliance with standards. It also said the expulsion of two members earlier this year demonstrates its diligence and rigour.