Archive | Rules & Regs

When do you need a PASMA ticket ?

There appears to be significant confusion concerning this question. Many contractors now permit use of an aluminium tower without PASMA competence. The “user,” however is expected to move the tower, adjust the legs and often the guard rails, whilst working. When questioned about their competence the “user” explains that the tower is inspected weekly by […]

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Temporary Cradle Competence (TSAE)

The trade body, SAEMA, publish some excellent advice and guidance on the safe and correct use of TSAE (Temporary Suspended Access Equipment). The guidance references the Standards and Regulations, and also confirms the significance of the User Appointed Person (UAP) and their responsibilities. The UAP must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the TSAE […]

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When will SG4:10 come into force ?

I visit top end principal contractor sites mostly, and in doing so I walk past many smaller projects. Almost all projects of any size have some scaffolding. I see many method statements describing the method of erection as “fully compliant with SG4:10” and I even see the odd hop up or step up lying around […]

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New CDM Regs Guidance

     Guidance documents on the New CDM Regulations have now been published by CITB. They were published on 9th Jan, and the New Regulations themselves come into force on 6th April this year. The guidance is broken into 6 documents, one for each duty holder and one for the workers. The documents are available for free […]

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Work at Height Blitz

In November 2014 HSE completed a work at height blitz, focussed on refurbishment projects. They visited 1750 sites, found unacceptable practice on 700, and issued notices on 350. Throughout 42% of the issues related ot working at height unsafely. Phil White, Chief Inspector of Construction said “a significant part of the industry is seriously failing its […]

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Exciting changes in Scaffold Design

NASC have launched a new version of TG20, which will have a significant and constructive impact on all tube and fitting scaffold, and scaffold design. TG20:13 will massively increase the overall confidence in scaffolding, as a far greater proportion of scaffold being erected can now be readily shown to be fit for purpose, and to Comply. […]

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