Throughout 2015, PASMA will continue to warn of the dangers of using incomplete and unsafe tower scaffolds that do not comply with the European tower standard EN 1004. It follows in the wake of the HSE’s growing concern about the number of incidents involving the use of sub-standard, poorly constructed and, in some cases, downright dangerous towers.
The association will also focus on PAS 250, the specification sponsored by PASMA and developed in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), which is expected to become a full standard by 2016. It introduces, for the first time, minimum safety and performance criteria for low level work platforms. Those responsible for specifying – renting or purchasing – this type of equipment should not think that because podiums and pulpits are fitted with anti-surf devices, that it’s ‘job done’.
There are many other safety issues that need to be addressed to comply with PAS 250, chief amongst which is resistance to overturning.