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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Some Good News About Scaffold Safety From Our Friends Across The Pond

Lavendon Access Services of the UK has been named as the UK’s best access or scaffolding supplier in 2011. The award sponsored by the UK construction publication Construction News, evaluates companies based on their contribution to improving safety, quality of service and client satisfaction. The three man judging panel included senior executives from contractors John Laing and Galiford Try as well as the chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors. Most of the other finalists were scaffolding contractors and included: Turner Access, Admiral Scaffolding Group, Connect Scaffolding, Ezee Scaffolding, The Up and Under Group and Network Scaffolding. The decision to give the award to only powered access company among the finalists was based on the fact that it halved its accident rate in 2010, it received the Rospa Gold award, Its operator training efforts, its TechX programme which encompasses Sustainability measures as well as general good practice and its support of IPAF safety initiatives and St Johns Ambulance first aid courses. It was note also that all of this was achieved in a year when the company/industry had to cope with a challenging market and carry out some significant restructuring measures which involved staff cutbacks to reduce its cost base. Accepting the award, Mike Potts, Lavendon UK’s chief executive, said: “One of the most pleasing aspects of this award is that five of the six other finalists were scaffolding companies. I believe this is a clear message that the benefits of powered access, in terms of efficiency, cost-effectiveness and safety, are increasingly accepted by decision-makers in the construction industry.”

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