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’s Tower Week – a week held on November 10-14 that spotlights the work towers can do and their role in keeping people who work at height safe – PASMA Chairman Chris Blantern is visiting as many of the association’s hundreds of training centres as possible, starting with three in Aberdeen: Evolve Training, Global Training, and Muehlhan Training Services, where the UK-wide trip will began.
Chris is accompanied by Pudsey Bear, who is will be joining him in climbing a tower at each stop. Chris and Pudsey can be sponsored on JustGiving (justgiving.com/PASMA) or by texting PASM99 followed by the donation amount to 70070, and their progress can be tracked in real time on the Tower Week site (towerweek.pasma.org.uk).
While preparing to set off, Chris said: “Children in Need keeps children safe and sound while they’re growing up, and PASMA helps keep them that way when they grow up and enter the workplace.
“Each goes that extra mile to safeguard and protect life by doing great work. Both believe it’s what you do that counts, which is why PASMA is supporting this year’s Children in Need appeal through Tower Week.”
PASMA runs the UK’s industry standard training scheme for mobile towers, with centres around the UK. After heading from Aberdeen to Peterhead, Chris' route takes him up to the Highlands, stopping off at Dingwall, before heading down to Glasgow and crossing into England to continue his journey.
Other activities during Tower Week will be centred on the website, which will host a quiz, the Tower Test, with the association giving a pound to Children In Need for every test completed.
Also online will be the ‘Tragically Terrible / Truly Terrific Towers’ social media campaign which asks the public to send in pictures of tower use (on PASMA’s Facebook, or to email@example.com). These will then be ranked out of ten by PASMA’s experts, and posted with this rating on the association’s Facebook page.
Finally, the week will also be marked by the release of the latest Tower Safety Packs, giving a wealth of knowledge vital to working at height. This year’s packs will be sent free to anyone who takes the Tower Test on the Tower Week site.
More details about what will be happening during Tower Week are being revealed on the site (towerweek.pasma.org.uk) as the week approaches.