Safety Training: Mobile access

Working at a height is one of the biggest causes of deaths in the UK workplace and accounts for almost half of the total deaths in the construction industry year on year. Working at a height, while dangerous, is an integral element of the construction industry within the UK and therefore requires an unwavering degree of health and safety training.

Working at a height most commonly involves the usage of mobile access towers. While mobile access towers can provide an effective way for workers to carry out their duties, there are regulations in order to reduce the risks to workers. In 2005 the UK government and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) introduced the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR). The purpose of these regulations is to prevent injury or death caused by a fall from height.

The construction workforce should therefore be duly trained in mobile access safety to carry out any work at height. Mobile access safety training comes in many forms from IPAF courses (International Powered Access Federation) to courses in PASMA (Prefabricated Access suppliers’ and Manufacturer’s Association). The aims of any mobile access safety training is to provide its learners with information and allow them to understand current legislation regarding working at height. Always consult a professional service such as The Safety Maintenance Company to discuss training course options.

Many different courses are available and learners will be provided with the necessary information to inspect, dismantle, and safely erect mobile access towers as per manufacturer’s instructions.

The Safety Maintenance Company offer many courses including IPAF and PASMA. Most courses last for a day and combine a mixture of theory and practical thinking. By the end of the day learners will have an understanding of statutory regulations, legislation on working at height, as well as the knowledge to inspect mobile access tower equipment.

These courses are designed and intended for any person who is involved with the erection, dismantling or use of mobile access towers who has not already received mobile access safety training. Anyone who assembles, operates, inspects, erects, or dismantles mobile access towers should complete PASMA training. The knowledge and understanding that this training will provide will ensure that personal safety and that of co-workers is maximised.

Mobile access safety training is imperative to not only the construction project as a whole, but also to the construction workforce. Personal safety is paramount when working at height. Mobile access safety training greatly reduces the risk of injury or death, and for this reason alone it is vital for those individuals who operate mobile scaffold towers.

A construction worker with mobile access safety training understands the risks associated with working at height. In addition to being trained in how to use a mobile scaffold tower, they are further trained in how to safely assemble these and inspect mobile access towers for damage. This ensures that risks to both the project and the workforce are greatly minimised. Consult The Safety Maintenance Company to discuss the training options they can provide.