NSCC looks to safeguard specialist contractors

nsccThe National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) has launched its annual accident survey, giving its members the opportunity to contribute to a safer industry by submitting their accident figures.

Following revisions made to the 2013/14 online survey, specialist contractor companies can once again enter information from their accident books quickly. The NSCC has also requested information from firms who have not had any accidents in the last 12 months.

Last year’s survey recorded one fatality among NSCC specialist contractors at a rate of 0.7 per 100,000 workers, compared to 42 fatalities across the industry at a rate of 2.0 per 100,000. The NSCC over 7-day injury rate was recorded at 225.3 per 100,000 workers, which was lower than the industry-wide figure of 260.1 per 100,000. It was also found that the NSCC specified / major injury rate was the second lowest in the 11-year history of the survey at 155.7 per 100,000 workers.

Suzannah Nichol, chief executive of NSCC, said:

“The results of the NSCC Accident Survey show that using an NSCC Specialist Contractor is the safer option. By completing the survey again this year, NSCC Specialist Contractors can help us to demonstrate this to the industry’s clients and maintain the highest safety standards within the industry.”

NSCC says collecting information from as many of its members as possible is vital, as it is used to demonstrate to clients and others the safety record of NSCC specialist contractors. It can also help to identify accident trends in order to produce guidance that can reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.

The deadline for responses is July 31, 2015 and NSCC specialist contractors can submit their accident figures in confidence for the period April 1 2014 to March 31 2015 by completing the NSCC Accident Survey.

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