Forgeries spark standards worry

Courier firm intercepts package from India containing hundreds of Construction Skills Certification Scheme workers cards

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS), which is designed to ensure high standards on construction sites, has been thrown into question after the discovery of a package containing hundreds of forged CSCS cards. Workers on large building sites are expected to carry CSCS cards, giving details of their skills and safety training. The forged cards were found in a package from India, which was destined for a construction firm in Bedfordshire. Because it was regarded as suspicious, courier DHL opened the package and informed CSCS of its contents. Bedfordshire Police is now handling the matter, but CSCS has no idea how many forged cards may be in circulation. Two contractors have reportedly been investigating suspect cards on their sites and CSCS sources have said they may have to introduce a more secure card, which is harder to forge. CSCS recently issued a statement saying that it hoped to raise standards in health and safety and that it wanted its card to be the only one universally accepted to accredit workers.

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