Slips, trips and falls still highest cause of accidents

According to the annual safety report of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) 2013, slips, trips and falls is still the major cause of injury in the scaffolding industry.

The annual report documents the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all 201 of the NASC’s contracting member companies.

The statistics show that there was one fatality in 2012, however, major injuries has continued to fall over the last 10 years, with 27 being reported in 2012/13. The number of accidents reported by NASC members for 2012 has also shown a reduction on last year’s figures, from 145 (2011) to 134 (2012).

Falls from height have shown an increase this year from 2011. Falls from scaffolds have increased by 12.5% in 2012, but falls from ladders have remained static at 5 incidents, and falls from vehicles at 3 have reduced.

Manual handling injuries have decreased this year from 37 in 2011 to 17 in 2012, a reduction of 54%.

The 21 – 30 age group is the most at risk, with more reported incidents than any other age range

Rob Lynch, President of NASC 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.

“The NASC is proud of the part it has played in raising the bar for safe scaffolding. The expectations are incomparably higher now then they were at the millennium; just consider how far we have come and the vast volume of guidance and advice issued.”