It’s no secret that working at height can be dangerous and even potentially life-threatening. The Health and Safety Executive consistently ranks it as the leading cause of workplace fatalities, with falls from height accounting for 26 per cent of all workplace deaths between 2013/14-2017/18.
Tragically, the HSE considers almost all these fatalities to have been avoidable. Quality fall protection training from experienced, competent providers and highly engineered equipment are fundamental to bringing this number down. That’s why training centres, like the brand-new, purpose-built facility recently opened by Mantech Safety Systems, are so important.
Mantech Safety Systems, together with long-term partner, MSA Safety, marked the opening of its work at height (WAH) training centre in Bridgwater with an event for customers, partners and a representative from the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce. Delegates were given a tour of the facility, accessed the roof training area equipped with hard hats, safety harnesses and lanyards, and tried out MSA Safety’s industry-leading virtual reality experience.
The WAH training facility can cater for up to 10 trainees in a session and has experienced great success so far, having secured around 250 bookings in this year’s first quarter. The centre includes a classroom for theory lessons and has practical applications for confined space access, access ladder systems, overhead and roof based horizontal systems, guardrail systems, and stairs, stepovers and walkways.
Steve Meakin, Director at Mantech, said: “We want the fall protection equipment that we use to be synonymous with the standard of training we’re offering here. That’s why we’re thrilled to enjoy a long-standing partnership with MSA Safety spanning 10 years. Our trainees work with lots of MSA equipment on a day-to-day basis, including its Latchways Constant Force Post, Confined Space Tripod, LadderLatch, PRDs and SRLs.”
Penny Meakin, Operations Director at Mantech Safety Systems, added: “The benefits that a facility like this can offer businesses – both locally and nationally – responsible for the safety of those that work at height cannot be underestimated. It’s invaluable.
“Equipped with quality equipment, we adopt a holistic approach to training, with a careful balance between theory and practical. We understand that everyone learns differently and pride ourselves on adapting our training style for each and every person’s unique requirements.
“Quality training can not only help save lives but protect businesses’ bottom line and reputation and give them peace of mind that they’re fulfilling their safety obligation. Encouragingly, more and more we’re seeing companies taking greater care over the safety of their workforce, especially those that work at height and long may that continue. The risks are too great not to.”