Our City & Guilds qualified wall tie specialists show off their PASMA certificates, which demonstrate competence in erection of mobile tower scaffolds.
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 height and injury as a result of working at height is the biggest killer in Yorkshire’s construction industry.
Brick-Tie takes safety very seriously and all staff recently re-trained for the second time, in safe inspection and erection of mobile access towers and platforms for wall tie work. Not many wall tie specialists go this far to protect customers and staff.
The training for this is provided in Leeds 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 to instal wall ties 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, wher wall tie specialists may be unsupervised and some even complete wall tie installations from ladders, which is very dangerous.
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. The team have recently re-passed their Asbestos awareness exams and hand arm vibration exams too.