What is EN1004 (BS EN1004)?
EN1004 or BS EN1004 is the European product standard for mobile access towers (scaffold towers). Towers which conform to this standard must meet minimum safety requirements.
Why is it important to choose an EN1004 tower?
Falls from height and slips, trips or falls on the same level are associated with more fatal and major injuries to workers than any other injury kind. A huge number of factors are involved in reducing these statistics but working on equipment that meets the EN1004 requirements means that you know you are working on equipment that meets minimum safety requirements.
What are the differences between a non EN1004 tower and an EN1004 tower?
|Often made from painted or galvanised steel and sometimes referred to as “Domestic” or H frame tower||Will be marked with an EN1004 label|
|Use loose scaffold boards or DIY platforms which can break or move and do not have trapdoors to prevent falls||Have purpose designed platforms with safe trapdoor entry and exit|
|Do not have built-in access to ensure safe ascent and descent||Have built-in access for safe ascent and descent|
|Not supplied with the required stabilisers to prevent overturning||Supplied with the correct size and quantity of stabilisers to prevent overturning|
|Have frames with gaps or heights that would not prevent a fall||Have the correct quantity and number of guardrails with the correct gaps and dimensions to prevent a fall|
Avoid serious injury by choosing your scaffold tower carefully
Tower scaffolds come in many different shapes and sizes so how can you be sure that the one you use is safe?