• uploads/news/job_1.png

    We're hiring!

    We are recruting for two roles, a Head of Marketing & Communications and a Head of Audit Services & Professional Standards. Further details on both roles avilable at our dedicated careers page


  • uploads/news/pb_image.png

    Peter Bennett OBE


    PASMA, the not-for-profit organisation representing the international mobile access tower industry, is delighted to announce that the Association’s managing director, Peter Bennett, 59, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to business in the access and ...


  • uploads/news/2018paspre-3.png

    Long service recognition

    With over 30-years of service to PASMA's membership between them, three team members were recently recognised for their long service to PASMA. Peter Bennett, PASMA's Managing Director, made presentations and thanked them for their support.

    Congratulations to Karen Oneill, Head of Training Administration ...


  • uploads/news/PASMA_TSW_RGB.png

    Tower Safety Week 2018

    The annual campaign promoting tower safety and good practice internationally returns from 11- 18 November 2018.

    Throughout Tower Safety Week, PASMA, its member organisations, and kindred safety organisations, will be campaigning for the safe use of mobile access towers via a series of events, safety-led ...


  • uploads/news/Demand_High_Standard_Low-Level_header.jpg

    Wake up Call

    PASMA are urging those responsible for safety in the workplace to demand high standards for low-level access now that podiums meeting BS 8620 are available.

    BS 8620 was published towards the end of 2016 and sets the benchmark for strength, stability, rigidity and access in ...


  • uploads/news/job.png

    New Job Opportunity

    An exciting opportunity to join the international team at PASMA has opened.

    Are you a pro-active self-starter? Do you have knowledge of the access industry and a passion for safety at height?

    This key role will see the successful candidate responsible for the growth and ...


  • uploads/news/Ben-Lomond-NFF_web_1.png

    PASMA to do charity climb

    A number of our staff and our Madam Chairman, Gillian Rutter, will walk Ben Lomond, one of the most familiar and popular of the Munros, for the No Falls Foundation - a charity dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by their life-changing ...


  • uploads/news/morning_from_hell_web_1.png

    PASMA Conference 2018 Success

    The 2018 PASMA Conference, held 12-13 July 2018 at the Aviator Hotel in Farnborough, has been hailed as PASMA’s ‘best ever” event to date.

    With the slogan Raising Tower Safety Knowledge, the Conference shared the latest updates on mobile access tower standards and industry ...


  • uploads/news/Missing_icon_3.jpg

    Multiple fall prosecutions

    Less than 30 days after the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that falls from height increased in 2017 (despite an overall downwards trend), reports of two companies being prosecuted for height safety failings have been published.

    Firstly, PJ Livesey Living Space (North) Ltd was fined ...


  • uploads/news/unauthorised.png

    HSE Safety Alert

    The HSE has issued a safety alert to the construction industry, scaffolding companies and scaffolding suppliers, urging immediate measures to prevent unauthorised access onto scaffolding and other work platforms to be taken.

    With the school summer holidays now here, it is essential for all companies ...


  • uploads/news/Missing_icon_2.jpg

    Cause for alarm

    “These figures are a wakeup call”, says PASMA commenting upon the HSE’s annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2017/2018. At 144, the figure represents an increase of nine fatalities over 2016/17, despite an overall, long-term reduction in the number of fatalities ...


  • uploads/news/PASMA_badge_5.png

    Tragic death of Maidstone worker

    The need for proper planning and supervision of work at height activities has been tragically highlighted with the death of Justin Newitt, who fell five meters through an opening on the roof at Maidstone Studios Limited.

     The incident happened after Mr Newitt accessed the roof ...


  • uploads/news/news_item_pic.jpg

    PASMA Middle East Conference success

    PASMA’s second Middle East Conference, held at the Marriot Al Forsan Hotel in Abu Dhabi, welcomed 100+ delegates on March 14th for what was a hugely successful event.

    Delegates heard from a range of expert speakers, from organisations such as Abu Dhabi Occupational ...


  • uploads/news/ce-badge.png

    Cyber Essentials accreditation

    PASMA has become Cyber Essentials Plus accredited following a successful audit of PASMA head office’s web security systems in January.

    Cyber Essentials Plus is a scheme operated by the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which advises a set of security controls ...


  • uploads/news/PASMA_badge_small.png

    EN 1004 revision update

    The revised standard for EN 1004 – which sets criteria for the design and manufacture of mobile access towers – was sent out for public comment following approval for release by an internal ballot of TC53 - the CEN European Technical Committee for standards relating to temporary works ...


  • uploads/news/IIRSM_TfM_collage_2.jpg

    PASMA and IIRSM collaborate

    The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and PASMA have announced a successful outcome following a joint initiative in the Middle East.

    In an effort to share good practices related to safe working at height in the UAE, IIRSM members were offered free ...


  • uploads/news/ME_conf_18_identity_v2_web.png

    PASMA Middle East Conference returns

    PASMA is to host its second conference in the Middle East dedicated entirely to the mobile access tower sector of the access industry.

    It will take place on Wednesday, March 14th 2018 at the Marriott Hotel Al Forsan in Abu Dhabi, and is set to ...


  • uploads/news/APPG_-_GK_captioned.jpg_1.png

    PASMA sponsors inquiry into falls from height

    PASMA is sponsoring the new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, which launched its first official inquiry into the number of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from height and falling objects in the UK workplace.

    Chaired by Glasgow Central MP ...


  • uploads/news/Toolbox_TD_Glazing_web_1.jpg

    Tower Week 2017 wrap-up

    Tower Safety Week 2017 is over. The only event of its type in the work at height sector – which ran from 12 to 17 November this year - it attracted enthusiastic support from PASMA members, tower users and the public across the UK.

    Taking as its ...


  • uploads/news/pasma_web.png

    Tower Safety Week Returns

    Working well with towers is the theme of this year’s PASMA Tower Safety Week which runs from 12 - 17 November 2017. Now in its fifth year, the campaign will again promote tower safety and good practice internationally via a series of events and activities ...


  • uploads/news/peter_intro_web.jpg

    New-style AMM wins approval

    NOW a combination of the traditional Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) and Conference format, the inaugural PASMA Members’ Conference attracted a record audience comprising of PASMA members and representatives from professional bodies and third parties, including the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

    The wide-ranging agenda covered everything ...


  • uploads/news/John_Darby_2_1.jpg

    Head of Tech Support Appointed

    PASMA, the international not-for-profit body dedicated to the mobile access tower industry, has appointed John Darby, 34, to the newly created post of head of technical support. He joins the association after ten years with the Youngman Group, where he was UK manufacturing engineering manager ...


  • uploads/news/noun_1019455_861001_1.png

    PASMA on HSE fatalities report

    Like many other organisations in the work at height sector, PASMA, the international not-for-profit authority for the mobile access tower industry, welcomed the reduction in the number of fall from height related fatalities for 2016/17 as recently reported by the Health and Safety Executive ...


  • uploads/news/GIll_accepting_Chair_pasma_web.jpg

    First PASMA Chairwoman elected

    For the first time in its 43-year history, PASMA, the international not-for-profit body representing the mobile access tower industry, has a woman as its chair of Council. Gillian took over from Carl Evans at the association’s recent Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) in Warwickshire.

    Gillian ...


  • uploads/news/Daniel_Ng.png

    ASEAN Region Rep appointed

    PASMA, the international not-for-profit authority representing the mobile access tower industry, has appointed Daniel Ng as its representative for the ASEAN Region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

    The appointment comes in response to growing interest throughout the region in the work and role of the ...


  • uploads/news/WAH_theatre.jpg

    A-OSH 2017 WAH Theatre report

    THE PASMA Working at Height Theatre had always promised to be a highlight of A-OSH EXPO 2017 - the leading occupational safety and health event in South Africa - and so it proved.

    From an in-depth look at the versatility of mobile access towers to live demonstrations ...


  • uploads/news/Suresh_2.jpg

    Middle East Regional Rep Appointed

    PASMA has appointed Suresh Kumar as its regional representative for the Middle East.

    The appointment comes at a time when interest in the work and role of the Association is growing fast across the region as more and more companies come to understand and appreciate ...


  • uploads/news/HAE_Awards_17_-_SafeHire_co_of_the_year_web.jpg

    SafeHire Award Winner Announced

    We'd like to congratulate PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres for winning the PASMA sponsored award of 'SafeHire Company of the Year' at Hire Association Europe (HAE) Hire Awards of Excellence 2017.

    The winner was announced during HAE's glittering award ceremony, alongside Plantool Ltd ...


  • uploads/news/cv_4.png

    Great new job opportunity

    PASMA are currently looking to recruit a permanent full time Technical Officer with relevant qualifications and experience, to assist the PASMA Technical Director in the delivery of our technical resource and support, both in the UK and abroad. 

    Are you an enthusiastic individual who is ...


  • uploads/news/IMG_0193.JPG

    New courses in Middle East

    PASMA, the international not for profit authority for the mobile access tower industry, has launched three new training courses for end users in the Middle East. The courses - which are now available to book through local, approved PASMA training centres - are:

    • Low Level Access
    • Combined ...


  • uploads/news/WWAH_graphic_pasma_web.jpg

    PASMA supports new safety campaign

    PASMA, the not-for-profit authority for the mobile access tower industry, is pleased to support the Access Industry Forum (AIF) and Working Well Together’s joint safety campaign – Working Well at Height.

    AIF, the forum for eleven of the leading trade associations and federations involved in ...


  • uploads/news/HAE_Awards_2.jpg

    PASMA sponsored award finalists announced

    Hire Association Europe (HAE) has announced the finalists in the SafeHire Company of the Year category of its 2017 Hire Awards of Excellence.

    Sponsored by PASMA, the award will go to the company which has best demonstrated its compliance to the SafeHire Standard and has ...


  • uploads/news/cv_3.png

    New Job Opportunity

    An exciting opportunity to join the PASMA team has opened.

    Are you a pro-active self starter? Do you have a passion for the access industry and promoting height safety? You might just be who we need to fill the position of Regional Representative.

    This key ...


  • uploads/news/Advisory_Panel_-_web.jpg

    International Safety Initiative Launched

    PASMA has announced the launch of the PASMA Safety at Height Advisory Panel – a new initiative designed to promote height safety and the safe use of mobile access towers.

    The Panel is intended to make the specialist knowledge, operational guidance and resources of the association ...


  • uploads/news/T2_1.jpg

    Training record broken again

    In 2016 PASMA issued a record-breaking 73,000 training cards.

    Comments chairman of PASMA’s training committee, John McNeilly: “These remarkable numbers only serve to reinforce PASMA’s position as the principal provider of what is now firmly established as the definitive industry standard for ...


  • uploads/news/JW_leaves_1.jpg

    Goodbye to long-serving colleague

    Our friend and colleague, Jason Woods, who has played an instrumental part in establishing PASMA’s presence in the Middle East, will be moving on from his position as Regional Representative this week.

    Jason has been with the team for many years and will leave ...


  • uploads/news/web_story.jpg

    Tower Safety Week 2016 Report

    PASMA, the trade association representing the international mobile access tower industry, has confirmed that Tower Safety Week 2016 - which ran from 14-18 November - was the most successful and best supported event yet. This year’s campaign took as its theme Working well with towers.

    The ...


  • uploads/news/pas250_transition_-_user_statement_3.jpg

    PAS 250 becomes British Standard

    WITH effect from 31 October 2016, PAS 250, the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for low-level work platforms (LLWPs) - originally sponsored by PASMA and first published in 2012 - has been superseded by British Standard 8620:2016.

    Designs for LLWPs, commonly referred to as podiums and pulpits ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Icon_1.png

    PASMA comments on HSE statistics

    Falls from height: PASMA welcomes long-term downward trend

    PASMA, the trade association representing the international mobile access tower industry, has welcomed the reduction in the number of fatalities resulting from falls from height as published in the HSE’s annual ill-health and injury statistics announced ...


  • uploads/news/Fairmont.jpg

    PASMA Announces Middle East Conference

    We are thrilled to announce that we will be holding our first Middle East conference at the Fairmont Hotel, Dubai on the 20th of November 2016.

    The conference is set to explore mobile access tower and work at height safety related themes, and will ...


  • uploads/news/2016_annual_review_digital_ver-3_3.jpg

    2016 Annual Review Now Available

    PASMA has released the 2016 version of its Annual Review.

    The Review contains an extensive look into the past year of the Association, including reports from key people within PASMA; highlights of the Assocation's recent achievements; an insight into PASMA's progress overseas; and ...


  • uploads/news/AIFConferenceLogo_-_site.jpg

    AIF announces 2016 conference

    THE Access Industry Forum (AIF), the forum for the leading trade associations and federations involved in work at height, including PASMA, has announced details of its first national one-day conference. Supported by the Association for Project Safety (APS), Hire Association Europe (HAE) and the International ...


  • uploads/news/_DSC4687.jpg

    AMM 2016 Report

    PASMA held its Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) mini-conference in Birmingham on 1 July. The event began with two workshops in the morning and concluded with the AMM itself, which comprised of a number of engaging presentations and guest speakers.

    First on was PASMA’s Head ...


  • uploads/news/New_ICT_Andrew_1.jpg

    New ICT Officer at PASMA

    PASMA has appointed Andrew Robertson as its new ICT officer. He joins the Association from Landcatch - a genetic breeding company specialising in Atlantic salmon - where he was responsible for IT and data support across the UK, Europe and South America.

    A graduate in forestry, he ...


  • uploads/news/Jason_-_web_2.jpg

    Jason Carlton appointed

    PASMA, the international trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has appointed Jason Carlton to the new role of Head of Strategic Engagement and Enterprise. 

    This role was created to help develop PASMA’s relationship with its member base, advance new methods of engagement ...


  • uploads/news/Don_Claire_Webinar_-_web_ver.jpg

    PASMA and HSE host webinar

    As part of the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) Help GB Work Well Strategy, HSE and PASMA delivered a live webinar for H&S inspectors, regulators and local authority environmental health and trading standards officers.

    Hosted by Claire Bruce, HSE Safety Unit, and Don ...


  • uploads/news/1st_SA_freelance_web.jpg

    First South African freelance instructor joins PASMA

    PASMA's goal of expanding its overseas reach has hit another milestone with the signing of the very first freelance instructor in South Africa.

    The instructor, Shawn Jacobs, became an Associate Member and joins an increasing rank of PASMA members - including training organisations.

    Shawn can ...


  • uploads/news/Gill_profile_pic_1.jpg

    PASMA elects first Deputy Chairwoman

    For the first time in its 42 year history, PASMA, the trade association representing the international mobile access tower industry, has elected a Deputy Chairwoman. The elected Gillian Rutter takes over from John Bungay who recently retired from Council.

    A member of PASMA’s governing ...


  • uploads/news/Stu_Hopkins_-_PASMA_web.jpg

    Director of Training retires

    One of the access industry’s acknowledged experts, Stuart Hopkins, has retired as Director of Training from PASMA, the international trade body representing the mobile access tower industry. Stuart joined PASMA from the HSS Hire Group in 2008.

    Since then he has been instrumental in ...


  • uploads/news/cantilever_course_cover.png

    PASMA launches new advanced course

    AS PART of its ongoing commitment to improving safety and standards in the international mobile access tower industry, the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) has launched a new advanced training course: Towers with Cantilevers. 

    Developed after extensive consultation with PASMA members and the ...


  • uploads/news/Hire_Award_2016_17.jpg

    PASMA Sponsors Hire Awards 2016

    We are thrilled to once again be a sponsor at the 2016 Hire Awards of Excellence, which is run by Hire Association Europe (HAE).

    We are sponsoring the category ‘SafeHire Company of the Year’ and the winner is set to be announced at the award ...


  • uploads/news/Bungay_Retirement_web.jpg

    Vice Chairman retires

    John Bungay, 63, has retired as vice chairman of PASMA, the trade association representing the international mobile access tower industry.
    As the representative of Youngman - one of the early manufacturing members to join the fledgling organisation - his involvement spans more than 40 years, during which ...


  • uploads/news/T2.jpg

    PASMA smashes training record

    Figures show that for the fifth consecutive year, PASMA has exceeded its previous year’s total for the number of delegates trained.
    Nearly 71,000 delegates were trained during 2015, an increase of 5.5 per cent on the previous year. Since the beginning of ...


  • uploads/news/PV-SOLAR-600x414_5.jpg

    PASMA comments on roof fall

    A solar panel specialist has been fined £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light in Kent. It was determined that a lack of training on the use of mobile access towers contributed to the accident.

    Our ...


  • uploads/news/Stu_and_Andy_-_GB_Work_Well_PASMA_news_story_2.jpg

    PASMA supports HSE strategy

    PASMA has announced its pledge of support to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Help Great Britain Work Well strategy.

    The strategy aims to improve even further upon the UK's impressive health and safety record by promoting broader ownership of health and safety ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Icon.png

    Exciting new job opportunity

    A new and exciting opportunity has arisen with PASMA as we are currently recruiting for the position of Head of Strategic Engagement & Enterprise.

    This is a key position in the future development of PASMA and the service it provides to members, approved training centres and ...


  • uploads/news/Roof_accident.jpg

    Company in work at height sector prosecuted following fatality

    Believed to be one of the first cases involving a company in the work at height sector, a Merseyside scaffolding firm has been fined £300,000 at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting a charge of corporate manslaughter following the death of father-of-three, Adrian Smith,44 ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Icon_2.png

    PASMA dismayed at demolition worker’s fall from tower

    As the trade body for mobile access towers, PASMA has expressed serious concern that yet again a preventable accident has caused injury - this time to a demolition worker – who fell from a tower.

    As originally reported in a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) press release ...


  • uploads/news/Cancer_Research_Cheque_1.jpg

    PASMA donates over £1,900 to Cancer Research UK following Tower Week's 'High Tower Challenge'

    PASMA Chairman, Carl Evans, delivered a grand total of £1,959 to Cancer Research UK on behalf of Hi-Point Access - following a member-wide fundraising initiative as part of Tower Week 2015 - at the most recent PASMA Council meeting in Manchester.

    This initiative was the ‘High ...


  • uploads/news/Don_web1.jpg

    PASMA and HAE forge closer links through Memorandum of Understanding

    PASMA, the international trade association representing the mobile access tower industry, and Hire Association Europe (HAE), the industry-leading trade association for the plant and tool hire industry, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. It formalises and extends their existing working relationship with the aim of ...


  • uploads/news/TW_news_pic2.jpg


    THE BEST campaign ever is how PASMA is describing Tower Safety Week 2015, which ran from 2 - 6 November, and enjoyed the support of PASMA members from the UK, Ireland and even Dubai. Taking as its theme 'work smarter and safer at height', it also ...


  • uploads/news/webinaricon.jpg

    PASMA Tower Week to launch with free webinar

    PASMA is delighted to announce that a special webinar will launch Tower Week 2015 on the 2nd of November, running from 2pm to 3pm.
    The webinar, which is free to view, will feature a panel of mobile access tower experts who will discuss the latest ...


  • uploads/news/tower_collapse_1.JPG

    Video: 30ft mobile access tower collapses

    As reported in Scaffmag, shocking footage of a 30ft mobile access tower crashing to the ground has emerged.

    In support of this article, we have released the following comment. 

    “Given the many fundamental errors in the construction, use and movement of the tower evident in ...


  • uploads/news/BuildTech1.jpg

    PASMA to exhibit at BuildTech Asia 2015

    PASMA will be exhibiting at BuildTech Asia between 13 and 15 October at Singapore Expo.

    The event, which is the region’s leading trade show for the building and construction industry, will provide a platform for business professionals to showcase, share, learn and succeed in ...


  • uploads/news/WWT-SHAD_3.jpg

    PASMA to deliver another presentation at Safety & Health Awareness Day

    PASMA will be delivering a presentation on working at height at Working Well Together’s (WWT) Safety & Awareness Day (SHAD) at Trinity Park in Ipswich on 13 October.

    PASMA representative, Steve Booker, will bring his expertise and years of experience to inform and update delegates ...


  • uploads/news/WWT-SHAD_2.jpg

    PASMA to attend Safety & Health Awareness Day on Working at Height

    PASMA is set to attend Working Well Together’ s (WWT) Safety & Awareness Day (SHAD) at Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on 9 October.

    WWT - the HSE campaign promoting health and safety in the construction sector – will be hosting the event to discuss and promote safe ...


  • uploads/news/WWT-SHAD_1.jpg

    PASMA to discuss PAS 250 at WWT Safety Health Awareness Day

    At the invitation of Working Well Together (WWT) - the HSE campaign promoting health and safety in the construction sector - PASMA is set to deliver a presentation on working at height, and the safe use of low level platforms in particular, at WWT's Safety & Health ...


  • uploads/news/Hire_Convention_20152.jpg

    PASMA to deliver height safety presentation at Hire Convention

    At the Hire Association Europe (HAE) & Event Hire Association (EHA) Hire Convention, which will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of September, PASMA will deliver a presentation on ‘Working at Height: Best practice, trends and developments”.

    The presenter - PASMA’s Technical Director, Don Aers ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Icon_5.png

    Scaffolding Firm Fined After Worker Killed in Fall

    The need for the proper inspection and maintenance of work at height equipment, and in this case mobile access towers, has been tragically highlighted with the death of James Baillie, 53, who fell six metres from a faulty tower in September 2011. For PASMA this ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Icon_6.png

    Tower Safety Breach Leads to Prosecution of Deeside Man

    As reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the case of a contractor who pleaded guilty at Chester Magistrates' Court to breaching the Work at Height Regulations, simply demonstrates - yet again - the consequences of failing to prevent the risk of serious injury from a ...


  • uploads/news/Tower_Week_website_image_1.jpg

    Tower Week Returns (2 November - 6 November 2015)

    PASMA has announced that Tower Week will return for 2015, with a number of events scheduled to be held across the UK between the 2nd and 6th of November. 

    Currently in its third year running, Tower Week was established to promote the use of towers ...


  • uploads/news/2015ar.jpg

    2015 Annual Review Now Available

    At this year’s Annual Members’ Meeting, held on 3 July at Coombe Abbey, PASMA released its 2015 Annual Review. Containing reports from key people within PASMA as well as an in-depth look at all areas of the association’s work, the review is now ...


  • uploads/news/PAS250PopUp.jpg

    PASMA pushes PAS 250

    In its drive to introduce minimum safety and performance criteria for low level work platforms - commonly referred to as pulpits and podiums - all of PASMA’s manufacturing members now comply with the requirements of PAS 250.
    PAS 250 is the Publicly Available Specification - expected to ...


  • uploads/news/ChrisPudsey.jpg

    Over £5,000 raised by Tower Week

    Almost a month of fundraising and awareness events based around industry body PASMA’s second national Tower Week has succeeded in raising more than £5,000 for Children in Need.

    Held around and during PASMA Tower Safety Week, which aims to raise awareness of scaffold ...


  • uploads/news/Towerweek_square_web.jpg

    PASMA tests scaffold safety for Tower Week

    Mobile access tower industry body PASMA is challenging people to take the Tower Test, designed to let people find out how much they really know about the most common mistakes made when working at height on scaffold towers.

    The test, which can be taken online ...


  • uploads/news/Shattered.jpg

    Fragile roofs - Fragile lives

    A new short film has been released online on the dangers of fragile roofs, made by the CITB with the assistance of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the co-operation of Working Well Together (WWT).

    The ten minute film, 'Fragile roofs - Fragile lives', can be ...


  • uploads/news/Pudsey_donate.png

    PASMA and Children in Need come to town

    Britain’s lead mobile tower trade association, PASMA, kicked off a fundraising sponsored tour for Children in Need on November 3rd, to promote scaffold towers at a time when falls from height are still the main cause of death at work.

    As part of PASMA ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Icon_3.png

    Fatal fall shows risks of unsafe work at height, says PASMA

    PASMA, as the industry body for prefabricated mobile towers, has urged caution when selecting and engaging scaffold companies after a fall from an unprotected tower led to the death of a scaffolder and a 15 month jail sentence for a business owner.

    HSE enquiries found ...


  • uploads/news/Ridgeway.jpg

    PASMA and HSE join forces in Northern Ireland

    Organised by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and delivered jointly by HSE and PASMA, a recent tower workshop held in Belfast at the premises of PASMA member Ridgeway Online proved to be a great success.

    HSE inspectors from all over the province heard Claire Bruce ...


  • uploads/news/PudseyTowerBlueSite.jpg

    Tower Week spotlights scaffold towers

    Scaffold towers will take centre stage during 10-14 November, when trade body PASMA holds its second national Tower Week.

    PASMA has been campaigning this year to ensure that people using towers know the importance of keeping safe and using the right equipment, as falls from ...


  • uploads/news/InstructorTraining_2.jpg

    New PASMA instructor training courses announced

    Dates have been released for this year’s final PASMA instructor training courses, which teach people to deliver the industry standard training course for towers and become approved PASMA Instructors. Spaces can be booked here.

    Anyone wishing to be trained to carry out PASMA courses ...


  • uploads/news/Coreskills_1.jpg

    'Not on Your Life': the next phase

    ‘Not on your Life’, a new campaign on the dangers of using unsafe towers launched by industry body PASMA earlier this year, entered its next stage in June with a CoreSkills+ talk at the Safety & Health Expo focusing on the issue.

    The campaign aims to ...


  • uploads/news/Ice1_4.jpg

    PASMA does the ice bucket challenge

    The staff at PASMA were nominated to do the ice bucket challenge for charity this week.

    Staff donated to the ALS Association and Macmillan Cancer Support, then jumped in to a cold shower, after one staff member nominated everyone to get involved.

    Watch the video ...


  • uploads/news/AIF_Pocketcard_v2-1_1.jpg

    New AIF Pocketcard

    Released for the first time this year, the AIF PocketCard is not only a source of the most vital information that anyone working at height needs to know about, with its list of contacts it is also the easiest way to get in touch with ...


  • uploads/news/HSE40_1.jpg

    40 years of HSWA

    Today marks the 40th birthday of the Health & Safety at Work Act, which in 1974 completely changed the regulatory framework for the UK's workplace health and safety. To celebrate, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting comments and reflections on the Act's impact ...


  • uploads/news/core2_2.jpg

    First PASMA CoreSkills+ talk to focus on safe towers

    At the IOSH Conference on 17th-18th June, mobile access tower industry body PASMA will use its first ever CoreSkills+ workshop to launch the next phase of its safe towers campaign. The seminar, which counts towards the CPD of those taking part, can be registered for ...


  • uploads/news/YorkhillNews_1.jpg

    iPad donated to Yorkhill Children's Hospital

    On Wednesday, 28th June PASMA's Chairman Chris Blantern visited the association's head office in Glasgow to donate an iPad Mini to Yorkhill Chlidren's Hospital.

    The Chairman's Hi-Point Access won the iPad in a competition to build a cardboard model tower in ...


  • uploads/news/core2_1.jpg

    Not on Your Life: PASMA workshop at IOSH Conference

    This year, the Access Industry Forum will be hosting four Work at Height Workshops as part of the IOSH Conference CoreSkills+ programme on Wed 18th of June.

    PASMA is proud to announce that one of these workshops will be based around the Not on Your ...


  • uploads/news/OSHafrica6Peternews_1.jpg

    PASMA attends OSH EXPO Africa

    PASMA last week took part in its first ever event in Africa. Held in Johannesburg, OSH EXPO Africa 2014 is the region's major event aimed at occupational health and safety professionals.

    The Association not only took part in the expo, but sponsored its 'Work ...


  • uploads/news/Riggers1news.jpg

    New PASMA tower course launched for advanced users

    After training a record number of over 65,000 people to work safely at height last year, trade body PASMA has unveiled its latest training course, Towers for Riggers. Aimed at advanced users of mobile access towers, the course is currently available for all PASMA ...


  • uploads/news/fcoverimage_withXnews.jpg

    Unsafe towers lead to new PASMA safety campaign

    At this year’s first ever Health & Safety Event in Birmingham, a new campaign on the dangers of using unsafe towers was launched by PASMA. It aims to show the importance of only using properly assembled towers and those certified  to the European standard BS ...


  • uploads/news/Administrate_News.jpg

    PASMA & Administrate

    PASMA is pleased to announce a partnership with Administrate, a provider of online training management software.  Based in Edinburgh, Administrate is designed to help training providers save time and money by streamlining how their training centres operate.

    In addition to Administrate's standard features, this ...


  • uploads/news/HAE2014-1_1.jpg

    Hire Awards winners announced

    Once again this year PASMA has sponsored an award at Hire Association Europe's Hire Awards of Excellence, promoting safety in the hire industry.

    PASMA's SafeHire Company of the Year award was won by PSM Plant & Tool Hire Centres. It was based on what ...


  • uploads/news/AIFrope.jpg

    Date announced for AIF working at height Twitter symposium

    The Access Industry Forum (AIF) has set the date for the UK’s first ever Twitter Symposium devoted exclusively to working at height in the workplace. Starting at 11.00am on Wednesday, 16 April 2014, it will take the form of a one-hour question and ...


  • uploads/news/GrahamMaddocks01.jpg

    Graham Maddocks, 9 December 1943 - 25 February 2014

    The PASMA Council, members of the Association and the Secretariat were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Graham Maddocks after an illness first diagnosed in September 2013. Hugely respected and admired, he was a champion of the access industry dedicated to improving standards ...


  • uploads/news/Riggers.jpg

    New PASMA course to be launched at Executive Hire Show

    At this year’s Executive Hire Show (EHS), to be held in Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on February 12-13, a new PASMA training course for advanced tower use will be officially launched by PASMA Managing Director Peter Bennett and Director of Training Stuart Hopkins.

    Towers ...


  • uploads/news/IMGP0760_edited2.jpg

    Severe weather warnings for the UK

    In light of the severe weather warnings in place across the UK, PASMA have published a new FAQ on their website offering guidance for the use of mobile access towers in windy conditions.

    Click here to view the guidance


  • uploads/news/TowerSmallest.jpg

    PASMA's response to new HSE guidance

    Building a positive, proactive safety culture is central to the role of PASMA, the trade association representing the mobile access tower industry, which is why today it has welcomed the launch of the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) new and simplified guidance on working at ...


  • uploads/news/3T_2_smallest.jpg

    Another record breaking year for PASMA training

    In 2013 PASMA training centres were responsible for training over 65,000 people to work at height safely. The number, a new record for the mobile access tower association, is an increase of almost 10% from 2012’s figure.

    This latest rise is in line ...


  • uploads/news/JF1small_7.jpg

    John Fidoe retires from PASMA Training Committee

    After serving on the PASMA Training Committee for over ten years, John Fidoe of HSS Training has announced his retirement.

    During his time as one of the committee’s longest serving members John never missed a committee meeting, and his knowledge and contributions to PASMA ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Tower_week_A1_Hire_7667_web_1.jpg

    Towers go the extra mile

    With its emphasis on safety and best practice, PASMA Tower Week ran on 11-15 November 2013 promising to be a landmark first-time event in the work at height sector – and so it proved.

    Delivered nationally by trade body PASMA and its member organisations - and supported ...


  • uploads/news/ModelTower_1.jpg

    Win an iPad Mini with Tower Week

    Ahead of the first ever national Tower Week, industry body PASMA is giving away a free iPad Mini to whoever can put together a model tower quickest.

    Contained within PASMA's free Tower Fact Packs are model towers made of cardboard, which can be set ...


  • uploads/news/SELECT1.jpg

    SELECT and PASMA agree to partnership

    Lead mobile access tower trade association PASMA has entered into a new partnership agreement with Scotland's electrical trade association SELECT, in order to help make tower training more accessible to SELECT’s members.

    Delegates who take training through this partnership will receive a joint-badged ...


  • uploads/news/DaveBassCrop.jpg

    PASMA expands overseas influence into South Africa

    Following the appointment earlier this year of Jason Woods as PASMA’s representative for the Middle East, PASMA continues its overseas expansion, appointing David Bass as its South Africa representative.

    The role will see the association increase its reach and influence – sharing knowledge and expertise ...


  • uploads/news/2013towerweek_squaresite.jpg

    PASMA Tower Week returns with digital events

    On November 11th-15th, PASMA Tower Week will be held nationally for the first time. Supported by Working Well Together, the HSE-sponsored national safety campaign, the week’s focus will be on showing the benefits of mobile access towers – for safety, savings, and unusual jobs – around ...


  • uploads/news/Office_1_1.jpg

    Upgraded phone system

    Due to the volume of calls received every day by PASMA’s head office, as of tomorrow (Wednesday, 28th August), the association’s phone system will be upgraded.
    A new automated system will help ensure that callers reach the department best equipped to deal with ...


  • uploads/news/PAS250PopUpSqueeze.jpg

    "No excuse" for unsafe low level platforms as PASMA launches minimum safety standard

    PASMA, the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has launched a Publicly Available Specification – PAS 250 – a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms (LLWPs), also known as “podiums” or “pulpits”. Sponsored by PASMA, facilitated by BSI Standards and published ...


  • uploads/news/ChrisBlantern.jpg

    New Chairman for PASMA

    Chris Blantern, 54, is the new Chairman of the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ And Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA), the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry.  He takes over from Roger Verallo, who steps down after a period of four years in office.
    He is the ...


  • uploads/news/AnnualReview_1.jpg

    Annual Review available free online

    At this year’s Annual Members’ Meeting, held on 27th June at Vertikal Days, PASMA released its 2013 Annual Review. Containing reports from key people within PASMA as well as an in-depth look at all areas of the association’s work, the review is now ...


  • uploads/news/SHEtalks.jpg

    Knowledge Base talks released on PAS 250 & pavement licence

    This year PASMA once more took part in the Access Industry Forum's (AIF) Knowledge Base at the Safety & Health Expo (SHE) 2013. The event, held on May 14-16, was the last ever to be held at Birmingham's NEC.

    PASMA's Technical Director Don ...


  • uploads/news/IMG_0536small.jpg

    PASMA holds seminars and AMM at Vertikal Days 2013

    For the third straight year, PASMA attended the Vertikal Days lifting and access event at Merseyside’s Haydock Park on July 26-27, 2013. Located in the popular Marketplace marquee, the PASMA area offered presentations for the first time.

    PASMA’s Technical Director, Don Aers, spoke ...


  • uploads/news/NewCardSecurityUpdate.jpg

    New PASMA card

    The new PASMA card will come into circulation at the end of March 2013 and includes some important new features.

    Below are descriptions of some of the individual security features that are included. These have been included on the card to reduce the ability of ...


  • uploads/news/KevinBellis2.jpg

    Kevin Bellis' family thanks PASMA members

    After the tragic loss of Kevin Bellis in January, his family has thanked PASMA and its members for their support. As was reported in January, Kevin Bellis tragically lost his fight against cancer and died on the 17th of January 2013. PASMA and the mobile ...


  • uploads/news/KevinBellis.jpg

    Kevin Bellis, 1950 - 2013

    With the sudden and tragic death of Kevin Bellis on the 17th of January 2013, PASMA and the mobile access tower industry at large has lost one of its most popular, knowledgeable and committed champions. Kevin passed away following a long and spirited fight against ...


  • uploads/news/MembershipGraph.jpg

    20% increase in trained tower users

    In 2012 a record breaking 60,000 candidates attended and successfully completed a tower training course at an approved PASMA training centre. This compares with 50,000 for the previous year - an increase of 20 per cent - and reflects the major contribution that the Association ...


  • uploads/news/EricAbbey.jpg

    Eric Abbey obituary

    The Association was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Eric John Abbey after a short illness on 25 November 2012 in Colonia Court Nursing Home, Colchester. A long serving secretary of PASMA and dedicated champion of mobile access towers, Eric was highly ...


  • uploads/news/Roofex.jpg

    Latest mobile tower safety for Roofers at Roofex 2013

    PASMA is pleased to announce that it will be attending the inaugural Roofex exhibition in May 2013. The Association will be playing an integral part in the AIF Work at Height Safety Zone at the new trade event, with a number of PASMA member companies ...


  • uploads/news/TrainingSpaces.jpg

    Find last minute training spaces via Facebook

    PASMA, the world's lead trade association for the mobile access tower industry, has launched a new scheme which uses Facebook to help more people to find tower training through offering last-minute spaces. The scheme allows PASMA’s accredited training companies to use the PASMA ...


  • uploads/news/zerotolerance.jpg

    Zero-tolerance against bogus training providers

    Due to the undisputed recognition and popularity of the PASMA name as the sole industry-recognised training scheme for mobile access towers, the Association has been made aware that a small number of unscrupulous companies are attempting to pass themselves off as PASMA Training Members, without ...


  • uploads/news/Incompetent.jpg

    PASMA slams incompetent ceiling contractor following a serious fall from height incident

    PASMA has responded to the news of another major and wholly preventable injury, due to a fall from height. The lead industry body noted that a number of basic safety precautions were not taken, and said that such accidents can only be prevented by ensuring ...


  • uploads/news/HobanLarge_1.jpg

    PASMA reacts to Hoban appointment in Government reshuffle

    PASMA has reacted to the news that Mark Hoban MP is to take over from Chris Grayling as Employment Minister with responsibility for health and safety, welcoming his appointment and expressing the hope that his transition into the role will be smooth during this time ...


  • uploads/news/PASMA_Advert.jpg_web_ready_1.jpg

    PASMA promotes tower safety in Singapore

    PASMA's expertise and leadership in relation to safe work at height has now been acknowledged as far away as Singapore. Both PASMA and the Access Industry Forum have been invited to join an impressive line up of speakers and give presentations on their world ...


  • uploads/news/App_landscape_pic_small_1.jpg

    PASMA mobile app released

    Available to download now for free, the new Mobile App from PASMA provides a huge range of practical information for users of mobile access towers that can be used on a day-to-day basis to support safety, enhance competency and speed and simplify the whole process ...


  • uploads/news/pasma_2.jpgwr_1.jpg

    PASMA Tower Week Yorkshire

    The association recently completed its first ever PASMA Tower Week in collaboration with its local members - manufacturers, hirer/dealers and training centres. The concept was to put towers in the spotlight. The pilot campaign, which was held in Yorkshire, ran from 11 until 15 June ...


  • uploads/news/Vertikal_days_logo_1.1_1.jpg

    Tower hotspot at Vertikal Days

    For the second year running mobile access towers occupied a premier position at one of the fastest growing lifting and access events. The PASMA village was right inside the entrance to the event ensuring that the maximum exposure was raised to visitors on the benefits ...


  • uploads/news/nt_photo.jpg_web_ready_1.jpg

    Data on fatalities needs to be more forensic, demands PASMA

    PASMA, the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, comments on the HSE's provisional fatal injury statistics for 2011/12 which show a modest reduction, but nevertheless a reduction, in the number of workplace fatalities: 173 compared with 175 for 2010/11. A ...


  • uploads/news/HAE_Award_Winners_2012_low_res_004.jpg_web_ready_1.jpg

    PASMA sponsors HAE Awards 2012

    PASMA has once again sponsored the Hire Awards of Excellence run by Hire Association Europe. The association sponsored Excellence in Health & Safety category which was won by PASMA training and Hirer/Dealer Member Speedy Asset Services Ltd.


  • uploads/news/photo11.JPG

    PASMA and AIF at the Safety & Health Expo 2012

    The Access Industry Forum (AIF) - the forum for all the principal trade associations and federations involved in working at height - was again a major contributor to the Safety & Health Expo at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 15 - 17 May 2012. As one of the AIF ...


  • uploads/news/Don_Aers_1.jpg_web_ready_1.jpg

    Don Aers and Stuart Hopkins appointed PASMA Directors

    PASMA's technical manager, Don Aers, and training scheme manager, Stuart Hopkins, have both been appointed directors of the Association with effect from 1 January 2012. They become technical director and director of training respectively. PASMA’s technical manager, Don Aers, and training scheme manager ...


  • uploads/news/Toolbox_Talks.jpg

    New free PASMA Video Toolbox Talks

    The Video Toolbox Talks are a new facility from PASMA. Free of charge online the video toolbox talks aim to provide objective and accurate information on product specific safe working at height issues in relation to mobile access towers. ommitted to advancing safety and best ...


  • uploads/news/Lofstedt.jpg

    Lofstedt Review

    PASMA (as part of the AIF) has given evidence to the government-commissioned review of Health & Safety chaired by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt, director of the King's Centre for Risk Management. He took evidence in person from the Managing Director of PASMA, Peter Bennett. After finishing ...


  • uploads/news/Peter_Bond_1.jpg

    Annual Members' Meeting 2011

    PASMA Annual Members' Meeting 2011: Vertikal Days, Haydock Park The Annual Members' Meeting saw the retirement of Council Member and former Chairman, (on several occasions) Peter Bond after many years at PASMA. The meeting also included updates from PASMA Chairman, Roger Verallo, Managing Director, Peter ...


  • uploads/news/Pasma_Icon_4.png

    HSE introduces new arrangements for reporting of injuries and incidents

    From 12 September 2011, statutory reporting to HSE of work-related injuries and incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) will move to a predominantly online system. Revised online forms will make the reporting process quick and easy. Fatal and ...