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Falls from height

mines-rescue-working-at-heightEvery year hundreds of accidents and incidents are recorded as a result of working at height activities. Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries in the U.K. and accounted for nearly three in ten fatal injuries to workers (41 out of 142) and almost half of fatal falls took place in construction (20 out of 41 fatal fall injuries) during 2014/15.
MRS Training & Rescue is a leading nationwide (ISO 9001:2000 approved) Health & Safety training provider to many businesses and industries throughout the U.K. They offer first class facilities to deliver a range of key height related training courses for people who are engaged in this safety critical work.

Work at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. Some work places are fairly Continue reading...

A difficult task easily answered by the Desksurfer

DesksurferAbilityDesksurfer’s are manufactured by Ability International Limited and are designed and made in the UK to meet the requirements of Facility Engineers requiring safe access over desks, also away from desk when needed. The Desksurfer can be operated and used by one work person, is manoeuvrable and will go through normal doorways and into lifts.

Ability has a range of Desksurfer models providing reach heights from as low as 3m, to up as high as 6m. The most popular Desksurfers (Models 42UM & 42FM) provide reach heights up to 4.2m which cater for most office applications. The UM has an upright mast whilst the FM has a fold down mast, a useful function for flat packing the Desksurfer when transporting in vehicles. Continue reading...


saemalogo1Trade body launches façade access seminar for duty holders

SAEMA, the Access Engineering and Maintenance Association, has as its principal focus the raising of standards in both the permanent and temporary façade access industry. Its member companies provide safe places of work so that operatives can undertake their various tasks safely and productively.

Equipment and systems designed, manufactured, installed and maintained by SAEMA members must comply with all current UK and European Continue reading...


pasmalogo1PASMA champions European EN1004 tower standard                                   

‘Not on your life!’ is a new safety initiative from PASMA, the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry. Launched at The Health & Safety Show at the NEC earlier this year, it champions the use of only those mobile access towers that satisfy the requirements of EN1004, the European product standard for towers that sets out the minimum safety criteria.

According to PASMA, if you don’t use towers that conform to EN1004, you risk your own life, or the life of someone else, every time you use one. Continue reading...


ladderassociationLadder Association welcomes simplified HSE ladder guidance

Earlier this year the Ladder Association welcomed the decision by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) not to change the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) following HSE’s completion of the review recommended by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt.

In particular, the association welcomed the introduction of HSE’s revised and simplified guidance: INDG455 ‘Safe use of ladders and stepladders – A brief guide’ (formerly INDG402 & 3). This follows HSE’s conclusion that Continue reading...


fasetlogo1New course from trade body for rigging nets from open steelwork

FASET, the trade body representing the fall arrest and safety net rigging industry, has launched a brand new training course for riggers needing to access open steelwork to rig safety nets for roofs and floors where other forms of access – such as ladders and MEWPs – are not practical. The four-day Specialist Rigger Safety Net Course has been developed by FASET in collaboration with the National Access & Rescue Centre (NARC), a division of the Heightec Group, and Continue reading...

Total Access (UK) Limited at the forefront of Working at Height for over 22years

Total Access (UK) LtdTotal Access (UK) Ltd has established its self as the UK’s leading Working at height and Rope Access safety specialists providing the best in Height Safety Support Services.  With our dedicated attention to providing safe, quality solutions to difficult access problems, equipment needs and expert training requirements we have remained at the forefront of our industry for 22 years. Total Access has now achieved certification of its Integrated Continue reading...

SAFETYWORKS & Solutions leading the way in Fall Protection

SAFETYWORKS & Solutions are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of fall protection systems and access solutions, answering the needs of the building industry, consultants, architects, surveyors and contractors with their high performance ‘safety at height’ solutions.
The company completes installations for some of the UK’s premier companies, spanning a wide range of sectors, including health, education, leisure, housing associations, offices and factories. Continue reading...

ZT Safety launch the all in one ‘ZT Universal Harness’

ZT Safety Systems are pleased to announce the latest addition to their unique fall safety harness range the ZT ‘Universal’ Harness.

The ‘Universal’ benefits from 4 point attachments, front, rear and Side loops for work positioning. The harness conforms to both EN361 & EN358 allowing multi functionality within one unit. Either way it still incorporates the unique ZT leg gaiter design, which completely eliminates the use of groin straps, and the serious damage they cause when Continue reading...

Technology drives unparalleled safety leap for access leader

In a major move for access industry safety, Nationwide Platforms has utilised Quick Response (QR) code technology to make crucial guidance more accessible to businesses and end-users than ever before.

QR codes are barcode-like images which can be scanned by most mobile phone or tablet devices with internet access and a camera. When scanned using an application or “app”, which are freely available for download from the web, Continue reading...

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