There are many occasions when construction, repair, and contract workers need to gain access to areas that would normally be considered to have limited access. Different requirements lead to the use of different types of machinery and equipment, and while Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) may be suitable for some projects, mobile access towers are generally considered safer, more convenient, and more practical, in those instances where longer term access is required, or where workers will need access to a larger area.

Such platforms are commonly used, but they carry inherent health and safety risks, not least because they require the construction of a potentially hazardous tower and also facilitate working at height, and it is important that any operators and workers that construct or use the tower have the appropriate level of training. Many employers, and even some insurers, require that workers have training that is recognised by the industry body, Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA). PASMA training not only helps ensure that those responsible for erecting the tower are safe, but that others around the elevated tower are also safe.

Working at height poses a major hazard to construction and repair workers. Poorly constructed scaffolding, or the use of improper equipment, increases the chances of scaffolding users falling and injuring themselves, while improper working while up the tower means that accidents can lead to injuries and even death for those below. Such incidents account for approximately half of all workplace deaths in the UK, showing how important it is that your employees have the appropriate training for working at heights.

Industry body PASMA has created a set of best practices and working guidelines, that help to minimise or eliminate the risk of potential injuries and accidents. When applied, these guidelines can ensure the safety of all those that are around the scaffolding towers. Employees can be sent for PASMA training at accredited centres, including training for the safe use of a range of different tower styles, and on completion of the training, employees receive a PASMA card which shows that they are authorised to work safely on such equipment.

If you are an individual and looking to become more employable by construction companies, then a PASMA training card can help. Some employers only consider new recruits that already have these cards, which remain valid for a period of five years before they need to be renewed, while others will send new employees to receive the appropriate training and to get their PASMA card. If you already have training, and have a valid PASMA card, it means that you will have an upper hand over those that do not.

Safety is important to everybody. Employees need to be sure that they are safe, while employers not only have the welfare of their employees to worry about, but they also need to ensure that the business is covered. Accidents may not lead to injuries, but they can still cause damage, slow progress, and ultimately cost a project money. PASMA training can help ensure that this does not become reality.

The Safety Maintenance Company Limited offers a host of PASMA and IPAF training courses, is an accredited training centre, and can meet all of your training requirements, regardless of how many attendees you have of the type of PASMA training needed.

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