College’s timber talent given safety briefing on roof construction

    The next generation of timber industry
    professionals were provided with a vital briefing on safety and quality issues
    in trussed rafter roof construction at the first Talking Timber event held at
    Neath Port Talbot College (NPTC) Group this month.

    With the UK construction industry facing
    serious skills shortages, the current generations of students are the focus of
    a lot of attention and effort to ensure that they stay within the industry and
    can provide a well-informed, highly safety-conscious workforce.

    Nick Boulton, chief executive of the Trussed
    Rafter Association (TRA),
    talked to the NPTC Group’s carpentry and joinery students about career options
    within the timber engineering sector.

    The students were taught about the 10
    fundamental steps of site safety that must be followed when handling, storing
    and installing trussed rafters, and were shown the types of trussed rafters and
    their different applications.

    Organised by the Western Timber Trade
    Association (WTTA), the event brought together experts from across the timber
    industry to inspire the up-and-coming timber talent.

    Nick Boulton, said:

    “It was important for the TRA to partner
    with WTTA and the other organisations involved in the event hosted by NPTC
    Group, and to talk directly to the students who will play such a pivotal role
    in our industry within just a few years. Safety is at the forefront of
    everything that the TRA does. The event allowed us to communicate our essential
    messages about site safety, industry good practice and the importance of
    quality installation to the next generation of site carpenters and joiners in
    the South Wales region.”

    The TRA has a wealth of careers and
    health and safety information available. Many of its technical documents are free to download.