12 October 2015

Video: 30ft mobile access tower collapses

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 this video, it was almost inevitable that it would overturn. To assemble a narrow width tower to that height without stabilisers or tying in is quite simply dicing with death. To then even countenance moving it, is foolhardy beyond belief.

We are relieved that there were no injuries or fatalities as a result of this incident. It could so easily have been the case. It is very frustrating that it could so easily have been avoided – by assembling the tower following the instruction manual, installing stabilisers, and reducing the height of the tower to 2m (4m if stabilisers are fitted) before attempting to move it.

Mobile access towers are a very safe, efficient and convenient method of working at height but like anything else in the hands of inexperienced or untrained people, they have the potential to be lethal. That’s why PASMA shouts from the rooftops that mobile access towers must be used only by competent people, following the manufacturers’ instruction manual and the PASMA Code of Practice.

PASMA training members deliver its Towers for Users training course through a network of over 470 training centres to equip tower users with the necessary skills and knowledge to avoid just such incidents.”

Source: Scaffmag


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