NFDC reacts to scaffold scandal…

Federation issues “Statement of Awareness” following triple scaffold collapse.

The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) has issued a Statement of Awareness via its website regarding an incident on a demolition site in Reading on Thursday 1st August in which three people were injured. The main demolition contractor (NFDC member McGee) released a comment confirming the incident and that investigation is underway to ascertain the facts.

NFDC has become aware of two further scaffold collapse incidents occurring this week, on Wednesday August 7th in Nuneaton (involving NFDC member Cawarden) and on Thursday 8th August in Liverpool (involving NFDC member Northbank Demolition), where there are no reported injuries.

Today’s demolition industry represents sophistication, professionalism, competence and qualification, high standards and exemplary safety records. Any incidents of this nature are unusual – for three to occur and within a short time period is unheard of. Following the investigation of these incidents and establishment of the facts, the NFDC will work to support the prevention of future incidents.

Holly Price, President of NFDC, commented; “As anybody working in the demolition industry will know, NFDC exists to raise standards and works to educate and promote safe working, deliver best practice and enforce industry-recognised training for operatives within its Member companies. Whilst the rate of incidents is low, we strive for zero harm in the demolition industry and safety is of paramount importance.”