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Feb 10, 2014 | 0 comments

When it comes to the hierarchy of accidents in the workplace, working at height has the ignominy of consistently ranking as the number one cause. Over recent years concerted efforts have been made to address this, but it remains a major issue and one which only training across the board, for employees and managers alike can address.

The two major accreditors of working at height training in the UK are PASMA and IPAF, both industry standard and responsible for overseeing a wide range of exceptional training courses in the UK.

JW Simpkin Ltd exemplify the vast spectrum of industries that needs working at height training. They are fire protection specialists who ensure that their employees are trained on courses provided by both PASMA and IPAF in order to meet site safety measures when delivering their services of fire protective boarding and intumescent painting of structural steelwork.

In terms of the kinds of businesses that need to ensure that their employees and managers are trained in safe working at height, it’s a case of how long is a piece of string. However, the industries most at risk tend to be the building trade, telecommunications, roadwork operations, decorating and window cleaning and warehouse operations. Of course there are multiple other industries that are affected. There are training courses for managers that help them understand the risks of a particular site in particular conditions and how to plan to make sure best practice is adhered to. In some ways this is just as important as ensuring those actually up on a big cherry picker are fully trained.

Ensuring that employees are fully trained is inarguably the first step towards risk mitigation. You can give everyone the top of the line Personal Protective Equipment, but if they don’t understand when conditions make it too risky to even attempt working at height, such items can be utterly useless. Before looking at all of the more specific and in some ways selfish reasons why training is important it is vital to bear in mind that according to the Health and Safety Work Act of 1974, all employers have a duty of care to ensure all employees and visitors to their premises are kept safe.

It may seem blindingly obvious, but the better trained employees are in safety procedure, the easier it is for them to focus on their jobs and become more productive. Jobs will take up less time and become more streamlined. While the initial outlay for training programmes may seem costly, employers can reap the rewards in many ways. In fact, money can be saved in the long run. Imagine the legal fees, reputational damage and fines that could be incurred should an employer be found to be at fault or negligent after a fatal accident? Yes, there should be a moral obligation, but even the hardest of business noses should appreciate the potentially damaging financial implications. It is also worth noting that contracts are starting to be withheld from under-trained organisations as it is not worth the risk of any negative publicity an accident could bring.

Finally, everyone wants to work in a happy working environment and studies show that when employees are confident in their safety and ability to adapt to different working conditions they are much happier in their roles, leading once again to better productivity and morale.

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Eagle Platforms Ltd
Ryton Road, Anston
Sheffield, S25 4DL

Registered in UK & Wales 07665934

Eagle Platforms Ltd
Ryton Road, Anston
Sheffield, S25 4DL

Registered in UK & Wales
07665934

“These are exciting times as the green shoots of recovery at last appear to be more than a hopeful distant promise. The construction sector latest figures are boosted by a boom in the new house building market and a release of funds to develop further the public sector area’s (ahead of the next general election I guess) and private money seems now to be filtering towards new construction projects.

This and  increasing customer demand has resulted in our commitment to buy more new access platforms, with an order placed for 15 new Genie boom and Scissor Lifts, 2 Manitou VJR100’s and at least 6 new Skyjack access platforms. All being delivered in the next few weeks and ready for hire.

This together with our expansion into the Midlands area, where there seems to be an insatiable demand for quality access providers.

The thorny subject of secondary guarding / anti entrapment. After some initial reluctance it seems manufacturers now recognize the desire of MCG’s to have additional features temporarily added to cherry pickers in certain, difficult or potentially dangerous working environments. We now offer these temporary features available for the Genie, Skyjack and Nifty ranges, all with branded approval from the manufacturer. These should not ever be considered a substitute for good quality training, rather a device that gives additional safety feature when one is identified as being required.

PAL PLUS. There has been some disappointment with the uptake of what is a new underused top quality IPAF training course. This course is an absolute must and MCS site managers would be failing in their duty for site safety if they regard the secondary guard as negating the need for this course.

Pal Plus was designed specifically with the big sites in mind, where multiple machines are working in close proximity, often on piece rates. The course identifies danger zones and ensures all attendees are fully versed in the additional safety aspects required for work in a tough environment.  This is a great course and is available now. See our training section for more information.

Jim Haigh.”