TG20:13 Technical Guidance

November 3rd, 2014

European Standard BS EN 12811-1 is the current standard for scaffold erection but this does not contain a “standard configuration”, therefore all scaffolding structures built to BS EN 12811 require individual bespoke designs. Since this is not workable in practice, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), the recognised UK trade body, developed TG20 to reintroduce the concept of standard configuration of scaffolding. This is achieved by providing definitions for “TG20 compliant” scaffolding. TG20 compliant scaffolds are standard configurations of scaffolding that have been designed by structural calculation to BS EN 12811. Any scaffolding that can be shown to be erected in accordance with TG20 is therefore also in accordance with the design requirements of BS EN 12811 and exempt from further design.
Scaffold structures should therefore be constructed to BS EN 12811, which will require a structural design drawing, OR, the scaffold is to be identified as being “TG20 compliant” and constructed to TG20 compliance sheets, which need to be produced by the scaffolding contractor and provided to the ‘client’ requesting the scaffold. Read the rest of this entry »

New GREEN Construction Skills Operative Card

November 3rd, 2014

From 1st July 2014 the Green Construction Site Operative (CSO) card will no longer be issued.  There will be a new green CSCS card only available for people working in labouring occupations.

CSCS’ role is to provide a scheme for the construction industry that confirms site workers’ training and qualifications. Many site workers who are carrying out skilled occupations have been applying for the Green CSO card as the easiest route to gain access to construction sites. This makes it difficult for contractors to use CSCS cards as a reliable method of checking that site workers have the appropriate skills to work on construction sites safely and effectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Workplace First Aiders – CPR Trained

January 22nd, 2012

Ensure that your trained First Aiders in the workplace understand that Vinnie is only assisting those that have NOT received First Aid Training. Read the rest of this entry »

PASMA Tower Safety Review

June 24th, 2011

PASMA, the lead industry body for the mobile access tower sector, has published its long awaited review into recommended best practice for the avoidance of falls from height when using mobile access towers. Read the rest of this entry »

Checking Electrical Appliances

August 18th, 2010

PAT TestingEmployers and other duty-holders have been reminded of the dangers that can be posed by electrical equipment in the workplace, in the wake of recent research into the failure rates of appliances.

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New Site is now Live

July 9th, 2010

The new PFP Safety Services site is now live!