There was a 10% rise last year in the number of people taking courses in the safe use of mobile access towers, the industry’s trade association says.
The Prefabricated Access Suppliers' & Manufacturers' Association (PASMA) says that its approved training centres delivered work-at-height training for more than 65,000 people in 2013, which is a new record for the association.
Since the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations in 2005 there has been a big increase in PASMA training and there are are now approximately 320,000 active PASMA cards in circulation.
PASMA director of training Stuart Hopkins said: "As the fifth consecutive increase in training numbers, it demonstrates the importance that both managers and users attach to the benefits of PASMA training. Adding new safety-related training options and continuing our work as the voice of the tower industry will continue to promote this safety message in 2014."
During 2013 PASMA agreed a partnership with Scotland’s electrical trade association SELECT to make tower training more accessible to the electrical industry, expanded its presence overseas, launched the PAS 250 standard specification for low level work platforms and held its first ‘Tower Week’.