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Image of a person safely using an access scaffold tower. They have been sufficiently trained with PASMA training. Access towers are safety equipment for working at height but are only safe when used safely by the person operating on them.Falling at height, as reported by the HSE, amounted to 25% of all fatal injuries in the workplace in the UK this past year alone. A worrying figure, considering there is so much regulation that has been done to provide workers with safe working at height environments. This number could be greatly reduced by some simple safety procedures and standard training. 

The following ‘don’ts’ might seem obvious to some, but by those numbers, Access Towers Services are compelled to tell you what not to do when using an access scaffold tower or working at height. If you have committed any of these potentially fatal mistakes yourself, get yourself on one of our training courses

Mistake 1: Carelessness working at height

We don’t want to preach, but it doesn’t matter how safe your access equipment is, if you’re not behaving safely you’ll still risk falling. Don’t jump on, run or lean over the side of the access tower. If you tilt it or slip, your safety is compromised.  

Mistake 2: No access route

Without an access route between the scaffold tower and the building, there’s a gap. No matter your gymnastic ability, under no circumstances should you attempt to leap between this gap. There should be a proper access route created for you to safely get to the building. Don’t bridge this gap yourself. 

Mistake 3: Extreme weather

Secure your access tower in the event of a little bad weather, but when it gets extreme, just don’t work on it. Strong wind, rain or storms can put you in exceptional danger when working at height. Your access tower can stand strong, but you can’t. You might be knocked off balance or hit by a flying branch. The possibilities are endless. Just stay safe. 

Mistake 4: Power lines

Posing many potential risks, check for any overhead power lines before you set up or use your access tower. We don’t think it needs to be explained what might happen if you hit a power line whilst standing on a tower at height. You know.

Mistake 5: Weight

Your access tower will be able to keep you up even after your lunch break, but don’t exceed the weight load it can safely hold. Make sure not to store anything up there either, as it poses its own risk of falling from height, causing potential injury on the ground. 

Another definite ‘don’t’ is to start stacking up items on the access platform to gain extra height. This is so dangerous as they aren’t secured to the access tower and aren’t a regulated piece of equipment. If it seems stupid, just don’t do it. 

Access Towers Services provide both the equipment and the training

Safety when working at height is one of the most vital health and safety regulations.  To make sure you always get it right, Access Towers Services Ltd can provide regulated access towers for working at height, along with up to date PASMA and IPAF training courses to ensure your workers are educated on their own safety. Call us on 0208 665 1181 to find out more, or find all of our contact details here. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered working at height?

Anything above ground level is considered Working at Height. Access Towers are a large provider of PASMA Training and sit within the top 5% in the UK, allowing us to train the full range of 1-Day PASMA Courses to suit any of your work at height Tower Training requirements.

What are the working at height regulations?

It is recommended by Health & Safety standards that those who are assembling Towers should be PASMA Trained. This will give operatives a 5-year qualification of competency for the use of mobile towers.

Do I need to have a licence/certificate to use the equipment?

Certifications will vary depending on what equipment you’re hiring. It’s always best to speak with our Hire Desk if you are unsure, where they can advise what will be best for you or in more advanced working conditions, we can install onsite.

What are the different training sessions you offer & who are they for?

Training courses are for anyone using the equipment, from commercially to domestically. These will range from PASMA Training for the use of Towers, IPAF Training for the use of MEWPS as well as various other courses such as Safety Harness Training and First Aid.

How do I know which equipment will be right for the job?

Our Hire Desk are trained across the full range of work at height stock available and will be able to advise and assist cost-free.

How quickly can you supply the tower(s)?

We aim for a next-day turnaround, this is dependent on the transport routes and how busy we are at the time. It works both ways and could be earlier than your requested date.