Towers on Stairways

Towers on Stairways
for Users

Working at height over stairs made simple

Duration: 1 day
Practical: Yes
Standards: BS 1139-6
Stepped towers, stairway access towers, towers on stairs… they’ve got many names but they all do the same thing and there’s no prize for guessing what it is. Of course, it’s a tower designed to be used on a stairway, a spot where access is often tricky. In fact, they can be used in other places where the ends of the tower will be at different heights too.
Towers are often used on stairways for painting and decorating, maintenance and repair, overhead installations and a whole lot more, meaning this course will appeal to a wide audience.

Get trained

Stepped towers training

PASMA Towers on Stairways for Users will equip you with the specialist knowledge you need to work safely with stairway towers. Spend one day at an approved PASMA training centre with an expert instructor and go back to work knowing:

  • How to safely assemble, dismantle and alter stairway towers
  • How to safely use stairway towers
  • How to inspect stairway towers
  • How to identify hazards relating to their use
  • What legislation, regulations and guidance are applicable to these towers

Using a combination of theory and practical work, this course builds on your existing tower knowledge by introducing new techniques for working on stepped surfaces and new enabling components, such as portal frames and props.

Expert instructor
Formally assessed
Industry backed

What's covered?

Through a combination of theory and practical work, you will learn about:

  • Work at height responsibilities of employers, employees and suppliers
  • Standards affecting the manufacture and use of stairway towers
  • Where to find crucial safety information
  • When it’s safe to use a stairway tower, and when it’s not
  • Carrying out pre-use checks and post-assembly inspections on stairway towers
  • The components used in a stairway tower
  • Good practices for the safe use of stairway towers
  • Accessing a platform safely
  • Moving a stairway tower
  • The components used in a stairway tower
  • Identifying hazards in the work environment
  • Avoiding personal health hazards
Delegates assemble top section of stepped tower
Installing first level platform

Earn your PASMA card

Your training instructor will give you an electronic or printed copy of the course notes and a PASMA Code of Practice that you can refer back to.

On successfully completing the theory and practical segments of the course, you’ll receive a new PASMA PhotoCard and Certificate that includes this qualification. You’ll see a new category on your card, ‘A5’ which means you’re now trained on stepped towers.

Is this the right course for me?

This course is suitable for anyone who will be using stepped towers at home or at work and has already completed Towers for Users, including:

  • Those who have never used stepped towers before
  • Those re-taking the course after an earlier qualification expires
Towers on Stairways theory session

Course details

Assessment details

Theory session

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