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PASMA WARNS OF LOW FALLS RISK

Trade association publishes new information DVD/CD on low falls

The Pre-fabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association PASMA has published training material aimed at owners and users of low level access equipment. PASMA defines such equipment as having a maximum platform height of 2.5m. 

All aspects of safety covered

The DVD/CD provides information and guidance on how to use folding step units and folding tower units safely and productively.

With an estimated 50,000 of these units in daily use, the DVD covers everything from undertaking the initial risk assessment, checking the components prior to assembly and following the manufacturer instructions, to assembling the unit, checking it before use and completing the necessary inspection record.

With a running time of 16 minutes the material is intended to complement the PASMSA existing low level access training course.

The DVD also highlights some of the most common errors associated with this type of equipment. For example, omitting components, failing to secure the base and neglecting to lock the castors.

It also focuses on the risks associated with climbing over the guardrail onto the platform, overreaching, and failing to observe potential hazards such as pipes and power cables.

Accidents can happen even at low level is available from the PASMA’s online shop at www.pasma.co.uk

Other safety-related titles include Don’t fall for it and Accidents don’t just happen.

PASMA committed to promoting best practice

Peter Bennett the PASMA MD said: “With so many falls from height continuing to occur at low level, the association felt the time had come to introduce a practical, step-by-step guide to safety and best practice.”

“In addition to the DVD and the association’s training course, PASMA’s technical committee is also working with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to produce a publicly available specification.”

“Here at the association we are totally committed to playing our part in helping to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from falls at this height.”

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