Kentec Training Sponsor the Kent Construction, Engineering and Design Expo 2014
Posted: 6th October 2014
We are very proud to sponsor this year’s Kent Construction, Engineering and Design Expo 2014 on Wednesday 8 October 2014 at the Kent Event Centre, Detling, Maidstone, between 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.
London and the South East are now expected to account for over 35% of the UK’s total construction output – estimated to reach £118 billion in 2014. As further growth of 4.8% is predicted for 2015, the region is now the focal point for all professionals and suppliers targeting this burgeoning industry. With proposed developments as diverse as the Paramount theme park at Swanscombe, Ebbsfleet’s new Garden City, and Earls Court’s £8 billion ‘Urban Villages’ development, it is vital for all in the industry to stay informed on the major projects and to connect with the key players.
The Construction Expo 2014 is a FREE to attend event that comprises a “Meet the Buyer” event, a comprehensive programme of themed seminars, and displays of the latest product innovations. Taking place at the Kent Showground it will provide the industry with a highly focused gateway to learn, network and capitalise on the region’s major construction opportunities.
Our own Managing Director and current Chairman of the PASMA training committee, Steve Booker will be presenting a workshop at 12:30pm titled, ‘Working at height with Towers: Which bits are you missing?’.
With falls from height still the biggest cause of deaths in the workplace, Kentec Training in alliance with PASMA and the HSE will highlight the dangers of using non-compliant mobile access towers and how to specify, buy or hire the right tower equipment and use it safely. The session will run alongside our demonstration area where our PASMA trained instructors will be building a variety of towers throughout the day detailing the two approved methods of assembly, including the advanced tower assemblies such as cantilever and bridging units.
The workshop aims to show the importance of only using properly assembled towers and those certified to European standard BS EN1004 over often cheap and potentially dangerous alternatives – saying that “your life or the lives of others may depend” on using the right tower.
This campaign has been created in an effort to combat the use of unsafe tower equipment, brought into sharp relief by the HSE’s blitz of construction sites throughout 2013 with month long spot checks. During September 2013, over 1,000 sited – almost half of those visited – were failing to meet basic safety standards including failures related to the work at height equipment used.
This workshop aims to give those in attendance the opportunity to learn what work at height equipment is best used and how they can keep both themselves and their colleagues’ safe in the workplace.
We will also be giving a demonstrations on the Youngman BoSS range of mobile access towers and access equipment throughout the day including the new BoSS Stairmax 700 Solo Tower.