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THE SCAFFOLDING ASSOCIATION is a not-for-profit independent trade organisation campaigning to raise standards of safety, technical quality and workforce skills in the scaffolding sector.

The Association works with its members, client organisations, government agencies and standard setting bodies to ensure high standards of training and competence across the industry. We also protect standards through a competence-based independently verified accreditation scheme in line with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

Membership of the Association is an assurance of quality and demonstrates an ability to carry out the safe design, installation and commissioning of access and temporary structures that use scaffolding systems.
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Supporting Industry

Our members represent a significant percentage of the sector's capacity and our aim has always been 
to aid companies in expanding their services and capabilities safely and efficiently.
About Us

The Scaffolding Association is a not-for profit organisation founded to improve the understanding, safety and standards of scaffolding across the construction industry. We strive to continuously improve competence and minimise risk across the industry.


Find a Member

By having a broad range of members that include clients, erectors, designers, and health and safety professionals, we have been able to assist in creating new opportunities that allow our members to leverage greater value and standards in the scaffolding industry.


Training

Training provision and the setting out of best practice is one of the key strategic aims of the Association. We are creating a central hub of knowledge for the whole industry, and we're committed to leading the way in the provision of world class training in the use of scaffolding.


" The Scaffolding Association offers our business the professional voice and business support that we need to allow us to continue to develop and expand our business "
Jonathan Greer, Contracts Director - Ducker and Young Scaffolding Limited
 

Membership Benefits

The Scaffolding Association sits at the heart of the scaffolding industry and we offer a range of benefits to our members
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Events

Keep an eye on our Events Calendar to see what is happening in the industry and your area.

 Guidance

Keep an eye on our Information Pages where we are developing a range of guidance and advice.

Industry Voice

We provide a focal point for sector issues, concerns and initiatives to represent, promote and protect your interests.
Business Support

By collaborating with a varied range of industry partners we can help facilitate your business growth and development.

Maintaining Performance & Quality

At the centre of our membership criteria is the commitment to maintaining standards which are built around ensuring that our members have the right skills and resources to carry out contracts in a planned and controlled manner.
Audited Membership has been developed in line with PAS91 specifically for scaffolding contractors. This level involves an independent two-stage audit.
Assessed Membership has been developed in order to recognise companies that hold a current Safety Schemes in Procurement certificate.
Associate Membership is available to all companies that operate within the scaffolding industry and would benefit from specialist guidance and support.

Helping Members

The Scaffolding Association is a national trade association that promotes best practice, excellence and professionalism within the scaffolding sector.
Membership of the Scaffolding Association demonstrates that a member operates to an industry recognised standard and has the necessary resources to undertake contracts safely. Members can save considerable resources during the prequalification process and employers have the confidence to know that an Association member has been professionally vetted.

Whatever your size or specialism, the Association can help you build a more profitable business by implementing best practice to improve productivity and deliver the highest performance standards possible.
“ The Scaffolding Association gives us a better understanding of what’s required, and helps to create a better and safer place to work ”

Elliott McGrath, Managing Director – Royston Scaffolding
Core Advisory Services gives members direct access to specialist advisors.
  • Commercial and contractual helpline
  • Environmental management support
  • Health and safety guidance
  • Insurance and employment
  • Technical support service
In addition, the Association campaigns to promote its members and the interests of the whole sector.

  • Technical: helping to protect standards and working with industry groups
  • Health and safety: dealing directly with the HSE and liaising with house builders and main contractors
  • Procurement: talking directly to main contractors and house builders to advise on best practice
  • Training: working alongside CITB and independent training providers

Industry News

By Robert Candy 16 Nov, 2017

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries after falling from scaffolding.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of R J Scaffolding (Bristol) Limited was in an induced coma for two weeks after falling more than six metres from the scaffolding. The worker suffered several serious injuries including losing the sight in his right eye and five fractures to the skull.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 2 June 2016 found the employee was untrained, the supervisor was unfamiliar with the current expected safety techniques and the appropriate equipment had not been provided to the worker to conduct this work safely.

R J Scaffolding (Bristol) Limited of Central Business Park, Hengrove, Bristol pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The company has been fined £26,000.00 and ordered to pay costs of £1657.76.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Ian Whittles said: “We want all workers to go home healthy and safe. Those in control of work have a responsibility to ensure safe methods of working are used and to inform, instruct and train their workers in their use.

“If industry recognised safe systems of erecting scaffold had been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by the employee could have been prevented.”

Further information about safe techniques can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/scaffoldinginfo.htm

 

Source: HSE

By Robert Candy 16 Nov, 2017

Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that construction company Mager Homes Ltd. had been contracted to complete a house build in Tetney, Grimsby. In December 2016, the worker was on the first floor level installing joists and flooring. Whilst laying a floorboard, he stepped back and missed his footing, falling through a gap between the joists to the ground below.

The 60-year-old father of one suffered broken vertebrae which left him paralysed from the chest down, wheelchair-bound and unlikely to ever work again.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mager Homes Ltd. failed to provide workers with an adequate working platform. It was also found the company failed to install any edge protection or fall prevention equipment to minimise the risk of falls on-site.

Mager Homes Ltd. of Laburnum Farm, Ludborough, Grimsby pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £26,000 with £795 costs.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Jennifer Elsegood commented: “The contractor’s injuries were life-changing and he could have easily been killed. This serious and devastating incident could have been avoided if basic safe guards, such as an appropriate working platform, or measures to mitigate falls, had been in place.”

 

Source: HSE

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