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Scaffolders slam MCG over safety standards

SCAFFOLDING chiefs have taken a swipe at the Major Contractors Group over safety standards on its members' sites.

The blast follows an incident when a scaffolder employed by a member of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation fell 6 m to the ground, breaking his ankle, knee, arm and pelvis.

The accident happened after a gang of bricklayers altered the scaffolding and failed to replace a guard rail properly.

Leaders of the NASC are refusing to name the site or the firms involved.

But they are accusing the MCG of 'double standards' for insisting on high safety qualifications for scaffolding contractors while other trades are allowed to make unauthorised alterations.

A spokeswoman said: 'The NASC strongly believes that the group should regulate its sites more forcefully and ensure that all scaffolding work and alterations are carried out by qualified scaffolders.'

The move has stunned the MCG. Director Stephen Ratcliffe said: 'It's a bit bizarre this has been issued without anyone coming to speak to us.

'We work hard on our safety charter and are always happy to discuss any problems with members of the supply chain.

'But we need some hard evidence.You can't issue something like this then refuse to provide any evidence.'