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22 October 2014

Scaffold towers will take centre stage during 10-14 November, when trade body PASMA holds its second national Tower Week.

PASMA has been campaigning this year to ensure that people using towers know the importance of keeping safe and using the right equipment, as falls from height remain a major cause of injury at work. Tower Week will also help highlight PASMA's Not on Your Life campaign which explains what makes a safe or unsafe tower, and offer a range of other advice on a dedicated website (towerweek.pasma.org.uk).

PASMA’s activities during the week will be centred on this website, which will host a quiz, the Tower Test, with the association giving a pound to Children In Need for every test completed. Aimed at highlighting safe working practice through good and bad examples, the multiple choice quiz displays pictures of towers and asks what – if anything – is wrong with them.

Other activities include the 'Tragically Terrible / Truly Terrific Towers' social media campaign which asks the public to send in pictures of tower use (to michael.fern@pasma.co.uk). These will then be ranked out of ten by PASMA’s experts, and posted with this rating on the association’s Facebook page.

Finally, the week will also be marked by the release of the latest Tower Safety Packs, which contain knowledge vital to working at height. These will be sent free to anyone who takes the Tower Test on the Tower Week site.