Scaffolding accidents fall to all-time low
The number of accidents and injuries recorded by companies belonging to the National Access & Scaffolding Federation (NASC) fell to an all-time low in 2019.
NASC’s 2020 Safety Report showed that there were just 74 incidents involving scaffolding operatives last year.
The incidents equate to one injury for every 230 operatives, a significant improvement on last year’s one injury for every 150 operatives.
Of the 74 incidents, 13 were recorded as major, requiring hospital treatment, with the remaining 61 recorded as over seven days. These figures are both the lowest on record.
Lynn Way, NASC president, said: “The 2020 Safety Report demonstrates in no uncertain terms that NASC members are incredibly safe, and justifies the decision taken by an increasing number of main contractors to specify NASC-only for their scaffolding requirements.”
Robin James, NASC managing director, added: “This report is much more than just a record of last year’s achievements. It’s also an opportunity to analyse the causes behind each and every one of the 74 incidents recorded and see what can be done to stop these types of accidents from happening again.”