The Health & Safety Event, organised by Western Business Exhibitions, has announced that a major new charity will be launched at the 2018 show, taking place on 10-12 April.
The charity, called The No Falls Foundation, will be dedicated to the working at height sector and is sponsored by PASMA, the trade association for the mobile access tower industry.
The new charity has three distinct objectives: to advance health and the saving of lives through understanding and reducing the likelihood, impact and risk of falls from height and injuries sustained from objects falling from height; to research the causes of falls and falling objects; and to support people facing the consequences of falls.
According to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), during the five-year period 2012/13 – 2016/17, falls from height accounted for an average of 40 fatal injuries per year (28 per cent of the total).
Commenting on the launch, PASMA’s managing director, Peter Bennett, said: “The No Falls Foundation is delighted to have both the exhibition and awards as a prominent platform from which to introduce this landmark initiative.”
“We are looking forward to coming together with the health and safety industry to share details of this major new charity which aims to have a positive impact on everyone involved in work at height.”
Tim Else, director at Western Business Exhibitions, added: “We are extremely pleased to be hosting the charity, and with more than 400 professionals coming together for the awards evening we believe the event provides the perfect launch pad for this milestone development in the work at height sector.”
“We are also very happy to be featuring the Access Industry Forum (AIF) and its eleven member organisations at this year’s show which will give visitors access to an unrivalled range of height safety expertise under one roof”.