The scaffold trade body’s 240+ contracting member firms recorded a reduction in RIDDORs of 90 in 2021, to 67 in 2022 – representing a 26% RIDDOR accident rate reduction in 2022 (with a 63% reduction in the 16-20 age bracket), despite a 10% rise of scaffolding workforce numbers, to 17,315 operatives.
The 2023 NASC Safety Report also revealed the lowest accident incident rate (AIR) and accident Frequency rate (AFR) – of 3.87 and 0.20 respectively – since data started being collected, back in 1975, resulting in even more NASC member company employees working without incident or harm at work.
NASC President David Brown of IBN Scaffold Access Ltd said: “We are fast approaching our 80th Anniversary year in 2025 and when we look back on our previous years, our figures for 2022 speak for themselves – proving that our members are proactive in their approach to improving health and safety for their employees and also for the wider construction industry who use our scaffolds on a daily basis.”
NASC Managing Director, Dave Mosley said: “Another safety report and another year of data that proves that our strictly audited, highly regulated, well trained and proactive membership operate in the safest possible manner – proving why main contractors should only specify NASC member companies, who are fully transparent with their accident data.”
NASC Health and Safety Manager, Steve Kearney added: “We can all be very proud of the work that the NASC and its contracting members are doing to make this inherently dangerous industry safer, day by day – ultimately meaning more people work on and safely go home off NASC membership scaffolding structures. It’s great news for the sector.”
Read the 2023 NASC Safety Report in full here.
A recent study has revealed that contractors for the National Association of Safety and Construction (NASC) are now experiencing a record low when it comes to accident rates.
The study, conducted by the NASC and released earlier this month, reveals that accident rates among its contractors have dropped for the ninth consecutive year. The number of incidents is now at an all-time low, with a decrease of almost 33%.
The NASC attributes the decrease to its rigorous safety standards. Since the association was established in 1956, the organization has been continuously enhancing and updating its safety protocols. From offering toolbox talks to trainers who help contractors learn how to spot potential hazards to performing regular safety audits, the NASC takes workplace safety very seriously.
The results of the survey also show that thanks to improved safety protocols, more contractors are feeling comfortable on the job. By creating a work environment in which safety is front and center, the NASC has been able to reduce both the number and the severity of accidents among its contractors.
The NASC stands out among other construction associations not only for its dedication to contractor safety, but also for its impressive track record. Barry Nowicki, the president of the NASC, said that “it’s encouraging to see such positive results for our contractors in such a dangerous industry. From improved safety protocols to commitment, it truly shows that the NASC is dedicated to ensuring a safe work environment for all our employees.”
This decrease in accident rates is good news not just for contractors, but for the construction industry at large. By creating a safe and secure environment for workers, the NASC is helping foster a culture of safety, making it easier for contractors to do their jobs with peace of mind.