PASMA launches new safety campaign
The Powered Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) has launched a new campaign to highlight the dangers of non-EN1004 towers.
It aims to show the importance of only using properly assembled towers and those certified to the European standard BS EN1004 over often cheap and potentially dangerous alternatives – saying that “your life or the lives of others may depend” on using the right tower.
The campaign was created in an effort to combat the use of unsafe tower equipment –something brought into sharp relief by the HSE’s blitz of construction sites throughout 2013 with month-long spot checks. During September over 1,000 sites – almost half of those visited – were failing to meet basic safety standards including failures related to the work at height equipment used
Peter Bennett, PASMA’s Managing Director, said: “Dangerous work at height is far more common than it has to be, as using safe equipment can prevent many of the issues that repeatedly come up, such as not fitting proper platforms and guardrails. Simply using an EN1004 tower can make all the difference when it comes to a site’s safety.
“This campaign aims to show that this isn’t just about fines and figures, but about lives. Falling from height kills more people than anything else in the workplace, which is why it warns people using towers that their lives and the lives of others may depend on only buying or hiring a safe tower.
As part of the campaign, PASMA has set up a new ‘Scaffold Towers’ section on their website, which is full of easy-to-understand, practical advice about how to keep safe when using a tower. They are also offering free Tower Safety Packs, filled with essential information on buying and maintaining a tower.