02.10.2019

PASMA Conference 2019

PASMA, the UK based mobile scaffold tower association, held its conference last week in Coventry.

The two day event was attended by around 170 people, with the first day featuring starter sessions, dinner and drinks, while the second day kicked off with the annual members meeting, where chairwoman Gillian Rutter handed over to Roger Verallo, who returns as chairman, having chaired the association from 2009 to 2013.

The conference kicked off with PASMA managing director Peter Bennett welcoming delegates and members, followed by a talk from Pete Harley and John Darby of PASMA discussing the working at height regulations for mobile access towers. Presentations throughout the day were held on a range of topics including managing working at height, the evolution of towers through the decades, using social media to promote training courses, and women in the industry.

The following pictures will hopefully provide a flavour of the event.
Peter Bennett welcomes the attendees

Pete Harley of STS Access (L) and John Darby of PASMA discuss the working at height regulations for mobile access towers

A number of towers were on display in the courtyard

Chris Smith of PASMA presenting one of the morning breakout sessions on life as a PASMA instructor

(L-R) Barri Millar of Association for Project Safety, Rhaynukaa Soni of HS2, Paul Ormsby of GES EMEA and Peter Bennett discuss managing working at height

PASMA membership meeting with John Darby and Karen O’Neill of PASMA

Retired PASMA auditor Paul Pritchard gave a presentation on the history of PASMA and mobile access towers

(L-R) Katie Kelleher of Katie Cranes, Gail Hounslea of Ladderstore, Gillian Rutter of Skyward Training and Hire Access, and Pam Agent of Astley Hire talk about the roles of women in the industry

Rhona McCallum of PASMA talks about the use of social media to promote training courses

There was a pre-recorded message from Alison Thewliss MP of the Scottish National Party, who talked about whether anybody was taking working at height seriously

Darren Verschuren of Serious Labs (L) and Brian Parker of AFI-Uplift held a heavily discussion based talk on what to do the day after a training course

Pete Harley of STS Access (L) and Stephen Kane of Ridgeway talking through some of their interesting jobs and the processes they went through to design a safe way to access supposedly inaccessible areas

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