The construction industry in Jersey has undergone a significant change over the last decade in response to changing employment relationships, advances in available plant and equipment and the increasing need to properly plan for, and manage, health and safety throughout the life of a project.
Until now, the scaffolding industry, despite carrying out some of the highest risk work, has been one of the last sectors of the construction industry without a professional body or collective voice.
I see the creation of the Jersey Association of Scaffolder Contractors as a major step forward in seeking to achieve continual improvements in the professionalism and consistency of standards within the scaffolding industry.
As membership requires an applicant to demonstrate they have met a number of minimum legal standards relating to insurances, training and health and safety management, and require the company to be subject to an independent audit scheme, this should provide a level of reassurance for those appointing scaffold contractors that they have appointed competent contractors. This in turn will help ensure they meet their own legal duties under the health and safety legislation.
I fully support the aims and objectives of the Assocation and hope that it will grow to be the key voice of the scaffolding industry, both within the sector itself, and the wider industry.
Director of Health and Safety
at Work Inspectorate