PASMA, the recognised authority in access towers, and CSCS have teamed up to help managers check that anyone working with complex access towers is suitably qualified. Starting in 2021, Access Tower Specialist cards issued by PASMA will carry the CSCS logo, providing a familiar and reliable way for clients, employers and contractors to verify qualifications and training. The holographic logo will only appear on cards held by those who achieve the highest qualification available for access towers, having completed a demanding training programme with PASMA. These individuals are competent to erect, dismantle and inspect all types of towers, including bespoke structures designed to suit the needs of a site.
Most access tower specialists work for ‘hire & assembly’ companies, using their skills to build structures where others can work safely at height. Their service covers equipment rental, consultation, specification, design, assembly and dismantling. Working closely with tower manufacturers, they are qualified to:
- Plan the build
- Select safe equipment
- Follow design drawings
- Assemble and dismantle
- Make engineer-approved alterations
- Tie structures into buildings
- Inspect towers
- Collate all paperwork
- Conduct safe handovers
PASMA will continue to issue cards without the CSCS logo to anyone qualified to work with one or more standard configuration towers, such as mobile access towers or cantilever towers. The addition of a CSCS logo means the individual can work with any type of tower and they’re the only people qualified to work with custom-designed towers.