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INDUSTRY BODY RAISES THE BAR ON TOWER USER SAFETY

Advance guardrail (AGR) training now mandatory on PASMA tower user courses

Some 12 months ago Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ & Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) published a review into Through the Trap (3T) and Advance Guardrail (AGR) methods for assembling and dismantling mobile access towers.

The review concluded that both systems provide an acceptable safe method of work and it is now mandatory for all PASMA approved training centres to provide practical and theoretical training in use of both methods.

PASMA has therefore now allocated £150,000 to assist approved training centres with the purchase of additional equipment to meet the new requirement for enhanced AGR training delivered as an integral part of PASMA’s industry standard Towers for Users course.

Compulsory CPD seminars for instructors

A series of nationwide CPD Seminars – compulsory for all PASMA instructors – are being held to ensure that instructors fully understood both the content and consequences of the review.

The seminars provide knowledge and information about the latest developments in Advance Guardrail towers, with the focus on the latest generation of integral AGR products.

Towers for users course now includes AGR

PASMA has also introduced into the Towers for Users course, a mandatory section, devoted to AGR towers. Attendees are marked on their understanding of Advance Guardrail towers in exactly the same way as 3T towers.

Equal weight and content is given to both, and successful attendees leave with the skills and instruction necessary – and a certificate and photo card – to use the two methods safely and competently on site.

AGRs for towers for users

Finally, a new training module has been launched to supplement the Towers for Users course. This stand alone module focuses entirely on safety and best practice when using Advance Guardrail mobile access towers.

It is specifically geared towards tower owners and users wishing to acquire a more in-depth understanding of AGR systems and techniques.

The PASMA Managing Director, Peter Bennett said:

“All these initiatives have been universally welcomed as positive steps towards raising the standard and scope of PASMA training. It has meant that PASMA training centres have been compelled to invest in additional equipment in order to comply with the new directives. Grants to PASMA training centres help mitigate the cost of upgrading tower equipment used for training.

PASMA is a trade association for the mobile access tower industry representing manufacturers, suppliers, specifiers and users. It delivers and oversees the industry standard training scheme and publishes safety-related knowledge, information and guidance playing a leading role in promoting safety and best practice.

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