On most wall tie replacement and structural repair contracts, we need to gain safe access to walls well above the ground. This can put our staff and members of the public at risk. Falls from working at height are the biggest killer and cause of injury, in the construction industry.
The training for this is provided is by PASMA – Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association. This trade association run detailed courses, which enable users of their equipment to gain nationally recognised certification. In fact, many larger contractors, local authorities and government departments, who require wall tie replacement or structural repairs undertaking on their buildings, will not allow anyone to erect such equipment without this training.
The PASMA scheme has helped bring a safer environment to these sites. However, many smaller firms and sole traders still use this equipment with no training and accidents do happen. This is a real problem on less well supervised wall tie corrosion contracts, particularly domestic private houses and small commercial jobs.
We are a small company too, though we make sure that our safety standards are high, whatever the size of contract, we will not bring undue and avoidable risk to anyone’s wall tie or structural repair project.