IOSH 2014 Focused on Construction Falls

Scaffolds and mobile equipment are top of mind during the June 17-18 event in London.

Falls from height remain the leading cause of deaths in UK workplaces, and IOSH 2014 taking place June 17-18 in London is focused on preventing them. The CoreSkills+ track of the event will feature sessions on ways to prevent them, including the hiring of tower equipment and the use of ladders.

Don Aers, technical director at the Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association, will lead a session called "Working at Height – which bits are you missing?" PASMA has launched a campaign along with the Health and Safety Executive, the Hire Association Europe, and RoSPA championing EN1004, a standard on the design of mobile scaffolds and tower scaffolds made of prefabricated parts. The campaign focuses on how to specify, buy, or rent the right tower equipment and how to use it safely.

"Work at height has gone through a lot of changes in recent times. Our talks in the past have seen great success in trying to get these changes across as part of the AIF's Toolbox Talks program, reaching professionals with the kind of industry-specific knowledge they need. Bringing the same kind of in-depth knowledge to the CoreSkills+ program will give a whole new audience the chance to hear this vital information," Aers said.

"In previous years, our Knowledge Base seminar program has been a big draw at the Safety & Health Expo. By expanding this into workshops for the CoreSkills+ program, we are looking forward to the chance of speaking to health and safety professionals in particular," said Peter Bennett, AIF director.

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