Demo trade body launches new safety guidance video for scaffolding

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Demolition incident in Reading 2019

National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) has produced a scaffolding safety guidance video for demolition contractors.

The video published today aims to predominately educate demolition contractors and comes in response to a spate of demolition related scaffolding incidents in 2019.

The NFDC has worked with a team of experts including the NASC to create the seven-minute-long animated video.

The film shows a walk-through and thought-provoking process to follow when determining risk control measures. Clarifying the purpose of scaffold in demolition, it also explores the hazards and alternatives to be considered to reduce or eliminate risks.

NFDC has said it’s distributing the new video guidance to its membership of 145 UK demolition contractors and made available to anybody working in demolition via the Federation’s website.

Spearheading the new Safety Guidance initiative is Nick Taylor, Demolition Director at McGee, an NFDC member company with over 60 years of demolition expertise and thousands of demolition projects successfully delivered. Following an incident on site in 2019, the team at McGee have played an instrumental role in the production of new best practice guidance.

Nick Taylor commented, “Safety in our industry is paramount, which is why it’s critical that on the extremely rare occasion an incident occurs, we all learn from them. Not just demolition engineers but an industry as a whole. The comprehensive NFDC video guidance for Use of Scaffold in Demolition has been developed with a team of experts including the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) and other NFDC accredited demolition contractors. It is our aim to circulate the new guidance as far and wide as possible, in order that future incidents may be prevented.”

Howard Button, CEO at NFDC, summed up; “This video guidance is another excellent deliverable in NFDC’s Safety Guidance series and I would like to thank all those who have played a role in its development. The Federation is committed to increasing the sharing of knowledge and best practice with the wider demolition industry through the provision of quality safety guidance that helps contractors to assess and reduce risk when carrying out demolition works. A written guidance will follow in due course.”