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Are you due to have scaffolding erected at your premises?

If yes, have you considered the implications scaffolding may have on the security of your business?

Scaffolding leaves your premises vulnerable to unwanted visitors, providing new access points which the property would not ordinarily have.

Scaffolding also compromises your home contents insurance so it is important you alert your insurance provider.

In order to reduce the risk to your premises in times of renovation, construction or maintenance where scaffolding is in place, you should consider having an additional intruder alarm installed.

NSI has developed the first code of practice (NCP 115) to ensure that scaffold alarm systems are designed, installed and maintained to the highest standards. Employ an NSI Approved company to install and maintain your scaffold alarm to ensure your property is protected.

The NSI Code

In January 2013 The NSI Code of Practice for the Design, Installation and Maintenance of Scaffold Alarms Systems was introduced. NCP 115 is the first of its kind for this specialist sector and aims to tackle malpractice and raise standards in the Scaffold Security Sector.

Contracting a scaffold alarms provider who complies with NCP 115 will provide reassurance that the vulnerability of the property and assets within, are appropriately protected during periods of construction, renovation, maintenance or repair. The Code stipulates appropriate measures are put in place to ensure installation is undertaken in a consistent manner, taking into account potential risks and areas of weakness.

Insurance Implications

The erection of scaffolding can have serious security implications and leave residents and tenants at risk physically and financially, as it is a condition of insurance that all reasonable precautions are taken to remove/reduce loss or damage. It is not sufficient to simply supply an alarm; if that alarm does not fully protect the building; serious consequences could result in a claim against you or your company if your scaffold alarm has not been installed by an NSI Approved installer and to the NCP 115 code.

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