PASMA is launching a new campaign to highlight the dangers of non EN1004 Towers. This campaign will be a key message for us in 2014 and has been developed in consultation with the HSE.
PASMA has launched a new safety campaign regarding the dangers of using non EN1004 mobile access towers. This campaign idea developed after a number of serious reported incidents on H Frame/Domestic towers. The campaign, developed in conjunction with the HSE and supported by RoSPA and Hire Association Europe, focuses on the real and present dangers of using non EN1004 towers.
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The wrong choice could cost you your life!
When choosing a mobile tower or scaffold tower, safety must be a priority. In the recording peroid 2012/2013, falls from height were the most common cause of fatalities, accounting for almost a third of fatal injuries to workers (31%). For the same peroid, duty holders found guilty of health and safety offences received fines totalling £2.1 million, an average penalty of £9,528 per offence.
INJURY FALLS FROM HEIGHT FALLS FROM HEIGHT
(employees) (self employed)
Fatal 25 21
Major 2522 313
Over 7 day 2727 105
Total 5274 439
Disturbingly, if we consider that self-employed only account for around 15% of the employed, then the figures above show that you are far more likely to suffer a fatal fall from height if you are self-employed. It is worth noting that, especially with the self-employed figures it is highly probable that a lot of falls go unreported, so the actual number may be a lot higher.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you and your staff are working under safe conditions and on safe equipment. It is easy to think that it won’t happen to you but as the figures above show, it does happen to thousands of families every year.