10 November 2014

PASMA tests scaffold safety for Tower Week

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 at towerweek.pasma.org.uk, was released ahead of Tower Week – a national awareness week spotlighting scaffold towers, which is being held between November 10th and 14th. It shows pictures of towers and asks what – if anything – is wrong with them. For every test taken, PASMA is donating a pound to Children in Need.

PASMA’s Managing Director, Peter Bennett, said: “The two things people need to keep in mind when they use towers are: ‘Is this a safe tower, and am I using it safely?’ Some of our examples show towers which should be perfectly safe, but were put up shoddily.

“People using a tower must be competent to do so, and hopefully our test will remind them of what competence means. Anyone unsure about the questions in the test should think about getting PASMA trained before going up a tower again, or else they could end up fined, injured or worse.”

As well as donating money  to Children In Need for every test taken, Tower Week is also seeing PASMA Chairman Chris Blantern raise money with a sponsored “epic journey” around the country to as many of PASMA’s hundreds of training centres as possible. With him is a Pudsey Bear who he is taking up towers at the centres.

Chris’ journey can be sponsored at justgiving.com/PASMA or by texting PASM99 followed by the donation amount to 70070. His progress can be tracked in real time on the Tower Week site (towerweek.pasma.org.uk).

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 michael.fern@pasma.co.uk). These will then be ranked out of ten by PASMA’s experts, and posted with this rating on the association’s Facebook page.

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