This week is Tower Safety Week and ITS is delighted to have partnered with PASMA, the industry body for the safe use of mobile access towers, for this year’s event.
Falls from height are one of the greatest causes of workplace fatalities across the globe affecting the construction, civil engineering, utilities and agricultural sectors among others.
In the UK alone, around 18% of all accidents reported by businesses in the past year were due to the worker falling from a height.
However, many of these accidents could have been avoided through the safe use of towers, which, when the correct training has been followed, provide the safest way to access heights.
To mark Tower Safety Week, which runs from 13th – 17th November, here are some key points to remember for those that regularly work at heights:
Assess the Risks
Always undertake a risk assessment before commencing work, covering a review of any potential hazards such as overhead obstructions and ground conditions while also checking for pedestrian and vehicular access.
Only buy or hire a tower which conforms to BS EN 1004, the European product standard for mobile access towers meaning they meet minimum safety requirements.
Ensure towers are fully inspected before they are first used and at suitable intervals depending on their working environment and use, as well as every time something changes that may affect their stability or safety.
Make sure you, or those you are responsible for, are competent to build, inspect, use and dismantle a tower through rigourous and consistent training.
As one of a select network of accredited PASMA training centres, ITS provides its flagship Towers for Users qualification in addition to a number of other specialist courses, providing tuition to some of the best-known firms in the local construction industry.
These courses enjoy an enviable reputation among management and health and safety practitioners, who seek objective proof of competence for staff engaged in the assembly, use, inspection and dismantling of towers.
For more information about the PASMA Towers for Users course click here