The number of scaffolding accidents and injuries among National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) members fell last year.
The latest Safety Report, which analyses accident statistics for all 199 full contracting member companies covering 14,954 scaffolding operatives across the UK, reveals there were no site fatalities in 2015.
Incidents involving serious falls decreased to just five, down from a total of nine during the previous 12 months.
NASC President, Alan Lilley, says members have seen dramatic reductions in major injury and fatalities in recent years.
“This year sees many positive safety statistics again,” he declared.
“As ever, we must continue to strive for zero incidents throughout the scaffolding and access industry.
“And I am confident that through greater regulation on the part of the confederation, future issues of this well received annual Safety Report will show further reductions in reported incidents within our membership.”
Slips, trips and falls were once again the main cause of injury to scaffolders, accounting for just over 34% of all injuries reported in 2015.
The dangers of scaffolding
Accidents with scaffolding are one of the most common causes of serious and fatal injuries on construction sites.
One of the primary dangers is incorrect construction. Loose bolts and missing handrails can result in worker falls and in the collapse of the scaffold itself.
Scaffolding should be relatively solid and handrails should not move. Workers should be able to grip handrails to steady themselves without compromising the balance of the structure.
Source: Construction Enquirer