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BoSS PROVIDES PLATFORM FOR PASMA TOWER WEEK

PASMA Tower Week is back for another year and from the 2nd until 6th November, PASMA members, including Youngman group’s BoSS Towers, will be highlighting safety at height.

Tower week, currently in its third year, was established by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) to promote the use of towers as well as exchange information on the development of height safety in general.

PASMA is the leading industry body representing the interests of manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and users of pre-fabricated access equipment. They provide and oversee the industry standard training scheme and publication of safety-related knowledge, information and guidance.

As a PASMA member, Youngman group will be highlighting the versatility of their BoSS towers and their safe and productive use via their LinkedIn page, BoSS Towers & Access, during the week sharing some exclusive video content.

PASMA Managing Director, Peter Bennett said, “Tower Week is a collaborative effort between PASMA and our partners. Together we are aiming to produce a special week that will benefit the industry and make a real difference to keeping people safe.”

“With an increase in partnerships and new ideas, Tower Week 2015 promises to be the biggest and best yet.”

Although Tower Week perfectly highlights BoSS’ relationship with the leading industry body, it’s the work that is carried out through the whole year that reinforces why these partnerships are paramount in promoting safety at height.

The comprehensive product range from BoSS resulted in PASMA recently using the popular BoSS Ladder span and BoSS plus products whilst undertaking refurbishment of its head office in Glasgow.

BoSS’ customer and Taskforce member, FLOW Access Systems, were commissioned by PASMA to assemble and erect the BoSS towers as part of the ongoing maintenance of the listed building.

Flow Access Systems is a well-regarded and capable PASMA approved hire & assembly company. Their staff are PASMA trained and they came out on top when members of PASMA were asked to bid for this prestigious project.

One of the issues FLOW Access faced when building the towers was space restraints due to the layout of the building fronting a main road.

Maintaining access as well as keeping the structure in situ for as little time as possible were vital aspects that needed careful consideration when undertaking the project, and all of this could be achieved by utilising an aluminium access tower structure.

FLOW Access used the BoSS Ladder span with additional BoSS Plus components because high clearance frames were needed to allow access in and out of the building.

The BoSS Ladder span is ideal because the integrated ladder allows frequent and easy access for painting; 850mm width narrow-span frames were selected because of the space restrictions, and as previously mentioned, one of the very important benefits of prefabricated tower systems is that they are so much quicker to install and dismantle especially when compared to heavier, more traditional scaffolding.

Jason Carlton, Product and Commercial Manager for BoSS Products said, “BoSS Tower builds have more than the minimum components demanded by EN1004 and since its establishment its reputation has been built on safety, by providing the best possible tower builds. BoSS also has the largest range of additional components available to enable complete flexibility in demanding environments”

“This means we could provide FLOW Access with the ideal range of products for the  job allowing them to spend less time building towers and more time for essential maintenance to take place”

Safety standards and best practice should always be considered when employing a company which is why PASMA’s website provides a full list of its accredited members.

Notes to Editor

To learn more on the events that are taking place across the country during PASMA Tower week, visit their website, https://www.pasma.co.uk.

For further information on BoSS towers or to locate your nearest hire centre, please visit:

http://www.youngmangroup.com/brands/boss-towers

For further information of PASMA, including how to become a member please visit:

https://www.pasma.co.uk

For further information on FLOW Access please visit:

http://www.flowaccesssystems.com

 

Water safety and rescue training for Thames construction workers

Britain’s most renowned river expert is training construction workers along the Thames in London to help combat health and safety issues.

Ant Eddies-Davies, who runs Live the Adventure in Shropshire, has been tapped-up for his rescue skills, having previously trained everyone from international defence forces to emergency services in how to stay safe on the water.

With so much building work taking place alongside one of London’s prime access routes, this particular project will see Ant giving vital training to some of Britain’s leading construction firms on major projects around the capital’s leading building ventures.

Working with the likes of McAlpine and Balfour Beatty, much of the work will be undertaken in Canary Wharf, London’s vibrant business and financial district.

Observing appropriate practice near to water’s edge is crucial to ensuring the well-being of workers and, ultimately, the construction and long-term durability of buildings.

Ant hopes his expertise and experience will ensure the correct procedures are fulfilled:

“We have run courses this year for a number of leading construction companies who are building alongside the water’s edge,” he said, “Regulations mean everyone working near water needs to have proper safety training and protection. It makes a lot of financial sense for companies to bring us in to help train their staff rather than pay water patrols for months on end. This is a great project to be involved with and I hope my knowledge will ensure the staff are fully up to speed with the correct procedures.”

Live the Adventure offers one of the most diverse ranges of professional training programmes and courses in the UK.

For further information visit www.livetheadventure.co or contact Live the Adventure on 01746718436.

PASMA: On top of towers!

PAS 250 is the Publicly Available Specification sponsored by PASMA and developed in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI). It specifies minimum safety and performance criteria for low level work platforms, commonly referred to as podiums or pulpits. First published in 2012, PASMA has now submitted a business plan to BSI for it to be developed into a full British Standard.

The standard covers, amongst other things, strength and stability requirements and material specifications, together with the design requirements for the working platform, side protection, access, mobility, labels and user guides. According to PASMA, users should be aware of the risks they run by specifying non-compliant equipment.

Towers on Stairs is the latest training course from the association. It shows delegates how to build stepped towers and covers the latest legislation, regulations and guidance on towers in general, as well as focusing on the issues specific to building them on stairs. Other courses include Towers for Managers and Towers for Riggers.

Throughout 2015 the association will continue to highlight the importance of only buying or renting a tower that conforms to European standard EN 1004. PASMA’s campaign Not on your life! - warns of the dangers of using incomplete and unsafe tower scaffolds that do not comply with the standard.

PASMA says there are numerous examples of people whose falls could have been prevented by using a safe tower which is why it has published its Choosing a safe mobile tower information leaflet. www.pasma.co.uk

Get ladder competent says Ladder Association

The Ladder Association is the only trade body dedicated exclusively to providing ladder users with the knowledge, skills and information they need to use ladders and stepladders safely and productively. Working in collaboration with manufacturers, policy makers and key influencers, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it harnesses the experience and expertise of its many members - manufacturers, suppliers and training companies - to fulfil a number of roles.

Chief amongst these is the delivery of industry-standard training. “If it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely,” says the Association, which now trains thousands of delegates each year though its national network of audited and approved training centres. Successful candidates receive a training competence certificate and a LadderCard.

Ladder Association training ensures that delegates have an understanding of the Work at Height Regulations and the revised 2104 guidance that accompanies them, product standards and classifications, and the potential hazards affecting ladder and stepladder use. Three courses are currently available: Ladders and Stepladders; Ladder Inspection; and Steps and Step Stools.

Steps and Step Stools - the latest addition to the portfolio - caters for occasional ladder users in a variety of industry sectors, including retail, education and the health service. For more information visit www.ladderassociation.org.uk

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