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 dated 1 December 2015, DSR Demolition Limited was fined £5,000 following pleading guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
The incident - which took place in Hillington industrial Estate, Glasgow on 30 December 2011 - saw the 50-year-old worker suffer a fractured elbow and left arm along with bruising to his head. The worker was thrown off balance and fell after a cable tray swung down from the ceiling and hit him in the shin.
A number of factors contributed to the accident:
- The platform was incorrectly assembled and with no guardrails or toe boards.
- There was no risk assessment available on site.
- No tower inspection was performed before use.
Comments PASMA Managing Director, Peter Bennett: “PASMA goes to great lengths to ensure best practice and safe use of mobile towers with the delivery of approved PASMA training schemes and the supply of safety compliant towers through our training and manufacturing members. It is always disheartening to hear of life altering accidents that could have easily been prevented.”
“The lack of guardrails and toe boards surrounding the platform was completely unacceptable. If the tower had been properly assembled and inspected by a competent person following the PASMA Code of Practice and the manufacturer's instruction manual, these crucial components would not have been missed.”
If the safety of a mobile access tower is of concern to you or your organisation, please take advantage of the following resources PASMA has made publicly available on this site.