PASMA, the lead trade association for Aluminium Scaffold Towers, has issued a stark reminder that when it comes to working safely at height, choosing the right equipment is crucial.
According to PASMA, for the period of 2012/2013, falls from height were the most common cause of fatalities, accounting for almost a third of fatal injuries to workers. For the same period, duty holders found guilty of health and safety offences received fines totalling £2.1 million, which is an average penalty of £9,528 per offence.
Working safely at height begins with choosing the right equipment for the job. An Aluminium scaffold tower is often the quick, simple and mobile access solution.
Choosing the right tower can be difficult but a good place to start is to ensure it is EN1004 or BS EN1004 approved. This is the European product standard for mobile access towers (scaffold towers). Towers which conform to this standard must meet minimum safety requirements.
A tower with EN1004 or BS EN1004 approval means it will:
- Have purpose designed platforms with safe trapdoor entry and exit.
- Have built-in access for safe ascent and descent.
- Be supplied with the correct size and quantity of stabilisers to prevent overturning.
- Have the correct quantity and number of guardrails with the correct gaps and dimensions to prevent a fall.
Be even safer and choose an advanced guardrail system that eliminates the risk of fall from height.
Working at height needn’t be a risky operation. Follow the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and plan your work, choose the right equipment and get the proper training.