New figures show fewer scaffolders were injured while working for NASC member contractors in 2012.
The NASC’s 2013 Safety Report, which includes scaffolding safety statistics on 14,098 workers, indicates the number of incidents dropped from 145 to 134 year-on-year.
One operative lost his life last year, the first fatality since 2004. Slips, trips and falls accounted for a third of all accidents and injuries.
The dangers of scaffolding
The report found scaffolders were involved in just over half of all construction accidents. A quarter of those injured were labourers, a tenth trainees, 8% advanced scaffolders, 3% supervisors and the same number were drivers. No managers were involved in accidents.
There were more reported incidents involving workers in the 21 to 30 age group than any other range.
NASC president Rob Lynch said the body has “one dominating and overriding purpose” – to improve the safety of scaffolding.
“By this we mean the safety of those erecting and dismantling, those working on the scaffold and those people who may be impacted by the scaffold,” he said.
“The NASC’s annual safety report is just one step in the right direction. By recording and sharing the problems we have had, we can focus our efforts on those areas needing most improvement.”
Pride in NASC
Mr Lynch added the body is proud of the role it has played in “raising the bar for
“The expectations are incomparably higher now than they were at the millennium; just consider how far we have come and the vast volume of guidance and advice issued,” he said.
NASC Health and Safety Committee chairman Adrian Rooney said the drop in the number of accidents came despite a rise in the number of workers.
“But most heartening is the correlation between member figures and those for our industry as a whole – which shows that NASC members continue to outperform the industry,” he added.