21.11.2019

AIF National Work At Height Conference

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) held its second Work At Height Conference last week at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, north west England.

Attended by around 150 people, the conference kicked off with AIF chairman Peter Bennett welcoming delegates and members, while the event was chaired by 4site Consulting technical director Shaun Lundy. Presentations held throughout the day covered the reduction of falls from height, mental health in the workplace, virtual reality and farming fatalities. The event concluded with an open forum Q&A session, while companies involved with working safely at height sector showed off their latest innovations.

The following will hopefully provide a flavour of the event.
The room begins to fill before the conference begins

Peter Bennett introduces the event

Shaun Lundy chaired the conference

Sarah Jardine of the HSE discussed the number of UK deaths from working at height compared to other European countries

Brian Parker of AFI-Uplift talked openly about mental health and safety at height

Breaks between talks provided time for checking out new products

Brilliant Ideas showed its Alimats spreader mats

AFI was present in the exhibition area

Nationwide Platforms attended the event

A miniature building model with lifting equipment

Steffan Groch of DWF Solicitors talked about the overall costs of falls from height

Karen McDonnell of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents discussed being safe at home as well as work

There was a short film on Jason Anker of the No Falls Foundation, who experienced a fall from height back in 1993

Peter Bennett and Shaun Lundy discussed preventing serious injuries and fatalities

Paul Gaze of Hire Association Europe talked on using virtual reality to support wellbeing and working at height

Paul Reeve of Electrical Contractors’ Association spoke about the Safety Steps guidelines from the AIF website

Alan Burge of Arup discussed access by design

Tom Price of the National Farmers’ Union talked about reducing the number of fatalities on farms

(L-R) Paul Blanchard, Dylan Skelhorn, Jason Anker and Hannah Williams of the No Falls Foundation discussed stopping falls – each discussed the aftermath of incidents that changed their lives

The event concluded with an interactive Q&A session led by Shaun Lundy

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