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Advanced tower course

19 May 2014

After training over 65,000 people to work safely at height last year, trade body PASMA has unveiled its latest training course, Towers for Riggers.

Aimed at advanced users of mobile access towers, the course is currently available for all PASMA Hire and Assembly Members.

Delegates on the course are taught to assemble and dismantle complex towers in configurations including towers with a large decked area, high level towers (those taller than 8m used externally and 12m internally), bridging structures, end and side cantilevers towers, linked façade structures and stepped towers (towers on stairs).

At the course’s launch, PASMA’s director of training, Stuart Hopkins, said: "Towers are a great option for a wide range of jobs, but they are often ignored because people can sometimes think of them as only being for quick up-and-down jobs. The advanced structures will be used in much more complex situations than in our previous courses, which will be a huge advantage to our Hire and Assembly Members.”

Towers for Riggers takes place over five days. It brings together the in-depth knowledge usually taught in several of PASMA’s one-day courses, leaving successful delegates able to build a range of towers in non-standard configurations to suit any task for which a tower could be useful.

The Youngman Group, a PASMA Manufacturing Member, won the bid to supply the range of complex tower structures, and at the launch officially handed over the equipment that will be used in Towers for Riggers training, along with the details and plans necessary for these configurations as a requirement of the Work at Height Regulations.
Jason Carlton of Youngman said: "Youngman was very keen to work with PASMA on this project. We have a strong emphasis on safety, and being involved in this course is important for us and for the industry in general in helping to demonstrate that towers are capable of more than just a standard build. The work we’ve done behind the scenes in terms of technical development now enables us to demonstrate that you can do a lot more with an aluminium tower than had previously been shown."

Details on the Towers for Riggers course syllabus is available from the PASMA website (pasma.co.uk). The first course is due to be held on 19th-23rd May 2014, with two more courses set to take place in June.