FASET’s attendance at the recent ‘Health & Safety Scotland’ event (12-13 September) at The SEC – alongside fellow Access Industry Forum (AIF) members – has been heralded a great success, disseminating the latest safety netting and temporary safety systems guidance and explaining the wide-ranging work of the UK trade body to many of the 2,000+ event delegates.
The event – billed as ‘working together for a safer Scotland’ – featured 48 conference and seminar sessions and 45 different industry speakers, along with 150 exhibition stands. FASET were represented on the AIF stand by MD Tony Seddon, Joe Black and Becky Clutton.
In addition, MD Tony Seddon appeared in one of the popular ‘Safety Dialogue’ panel debate sessions at the event (se picture below), entitled 'Working at Height & preventing Falls,’ with fellow AIF representatives from NASC, SAEMA, WAHSA, PASMA, Ladder Association & 3M.
Many attended the Safety Dialogue and hundreds of event delegates flocked to the stand to talk netting, edge protection, stair towers, training and temporary safety systems and look at FASET’s freely-available safety guidance. There was also a chance to promote the work of the AIF and the FASET-backed ‘No Falls Foundation’ campaign, which is aiming to have a work at height industry with zero falls.
FASET’s MD Tony Seddon said: “Once again, these collaborative events with experts from fellow AIF member companies have proved to be extremely productive few days, helping us spread the safer work at height message wider with a lot of genuine enquiries – this time north of the border.”
FASET’s Becky Clutton added: “The AIF/FASET branded stands can be see right across the hall and attracted a lot of positive attention, from people from many different backgrounds and sectors. This event has given us another great opportunity to address concerns and spread the good work of the AIF and FASET.”
The next event FASET will exhibit at alongside AIF will be Health & Safety North in Manchester, taking place on 9-10 October at Event City. Register free here.
The fourth annual 2018 FASET Annual General Meeting and Awards ceremonial dinner will take place on Thursday 29th November at the Ardencote Hotel in Warwickshire.
The AGM looks back over the multitude of activities of the various committees of the UK trade body for safety netting and temporary safety systems, as well as covering the work done by the organisation at the various 2018 events attended – such as the H&S NEC, H&S Scotland and H&S North and the London Work At Height Seminar.
The #FASETAGM & #FASETAWARDS will be attended by over 80 delegates and members and is being sponsored by:
- Genie Lift (A Terex Brand): Dinner and AGM
- Visor Nets: Dinner
- Huck Nets: Excellence of Work award
- CSCS: Health Safety & Training Achievement award
- Nationwide Platforms - Staff Merit award
- Spanset - Contribution to FASET award
- IRCS Insurance - Prize draw
- Dylan Skelhorn from the No Falls Foundation, supported by Mark French of Willmott Dixon.
- Stephen Haynes from Mates in Mind, addressing Mental Health in our Industry,.
- Craig Cotterill from leading construction charity, The Lighthouse Club.
- Ann Peatfield from the HSE.
- Lee Vickers from Genie Lift.
Following on from the AGM later in the evening, there is an opportunity for FASET members to demonstrate the good work they have done throughout the year and honour the quality of their employees who have significantly contributed to their business and the wider safety net and safety systems sectors – in the coveted FASET Awards.
The awards are independently judged by Ray Cooke, Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Gary Walpole (Grad IOSH), Technical and Health & Safety Officer at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Mark Keily, QHSE Director at Nationwide Platforms and FASET Managing Director, Tony Seddon.
There are four categories for the 2018 FASET Awards:
- Excellence of Work – a project award designed to recognise those companies who deserve recognition for their high standard of work, client satisfaction and celebrating the best of FASET and its membership.
- Staff Merit – a category designed to recognise outstanding individual achievement by a someone working for a FASET Member (since 1st August 2017).
- Health and Safety and Training – an award for any FASET Member company who can demonstrate outstanding performance or innovation in health, safety and/or training.
- Contributor to FASET – any FASET Member company or individual who can demonstrate outstanding contributions to FASET and its members.
Winners of the FASET awards receive a trophy, certificate and the use of a dedicated FASET Awards winner’s logo, to highlight their outstanding achievement. And they will be featured in the trade body’s NetTalk e-shot which is read by 600+ top construction industry contacts, on the busy FASET social media platforms and in the wider industry press.
Tony Seddon, FASET Managing Director said: “The AGM and awards go from strength to strength every year and go a long way to highlight not just the hard work of the many committees FASET has and the staff of the organisation, but the incredibly high standard of temporary works our 40+ member companies are doing right across the UK, in safety netting, access platform decking, stair towers, edge protection and training thereof.
“Both the actual AGM and the Awards ceremony and dinner in the evening are great events and offer a fabulous opportunity to network and relax with leading figures of our sector, find out what the latest innovations are from top manufacturers in working at height and have a great time collectively.”
The 2017 FASET Awards winners and highly commended were:
- Staff Merit Winner: Daniel Lewis of G&M Safety Netting Ltd
- Staff Merit Joint Highly Commended: Josh Rowe of Nationwide Safety Ltd, Michael Rance of Nationwide Safety Ltd & Simon Day of Prodeck Fixing Ltd
- Health and Safety and Training Winner: PMC Safety Netting Ltd
- Health and Safety and Training Joint Highly Commended: Structural Metal Decks Ltd & DTE Scaffolding & Safety Netting Ltd
- Excellence of Work Winner: Structural Metal Decks Ltd
- Excellence of Work Highly Commended: AMP Access Solutions Ltd
- Contributor to FASET Winner: Rob Harris of 3 Education
- Contributor to FASET Highly Commended: G&M Safe Deck Ltd
During the 2017 awards, £2,360 was raised for the construction charity, Lighthouse Club by FASET members and it is hoped a similar amount will be raised again this year.
Ladders are a key component in the installation of nets.
FASET member companies have not had a recorded incident involving the use of ladders whilst rigging nets since we started collating accident stats in 2005 – over 13 years ago now – so they are a safe method of net rigging, operated properly.
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It is with great sadness for us all at FASET & the wider industry to announce that well known and well liked industry man Wayne Horsfall, has recently lost his battle with cancer.
Wayne will be deeply missed by everyone here at FASET and at Airtek, leaving behind only fond memories. Wayne was a happy, hardworking and long serving safety net installer, and he will be a true loss to us all.
For those that are not already aware, a funeral service will be held for him at Grimsby Crematorium, on Wednesday 12th September at 13.40.
Our thoughts are with his family.
FASET had a phenomenally successful three days at the recent ‘Health & Safety Event’ at the NEC in Birmingham, April 10-12 – spreading the latest safety netting and temporary safety systems guidance to many of the 6,000 visitors attending the event.
The event – billed as ‘three days to save a life’ – featured 48 conference and seminar sessions and 45 different industry speakers, along with 200+ exhibition stands. FASET were represented on the all-new Access Industry Forum (AIF) stand by MD Tony Seddon and Becky Clutton.
Hundreds of event delegates attended the stand to talk netting, edge protection, stair towers, training and temporary safety systems and to look at FASET’s freely-available safety guidance. And FASET played a part in the launch of the AIF’s new ‘No Falls Foundation’ on the Wednesday, which aims to have a work at height industry with zero falls.
FASET’s MD Tony Seddon said: “It was a very productive three days, helping us spread the safer work at height message wider, with a lot of genuine enquiries. In fact, the event was such a success, we are now looking to be part of these events in Manchester and Glasgow later in the year with AIF.”
FASET’s Becky Clutton added: “The new AIF/FASET branded stands looked really great and really showcased not only FASET but the other members of the AIF and the industry as a whole. I particularly enjoyed the launch of the No Falls Foundation on the Wednesday and found it very interesting and extremely moving.”
As part of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) – the forum for the eleven principal associations and federations involved in work at height – FASET will be exhibiting at this year’s Health & Safety Event at the NEC, 10-12 April, 2018. Visit stand HS284 for state-of-the-art knowledge, advice and information on height safety. Don’t miss out!
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2017 FASET AWARD WINNERS
The 2017 FASET Awards have been announced at the safety net and temporary safety systems global trade body’s Annual General Meeting and Awards dinner earlier this month.
The third annual FASET Awards, held at the Ardencote Hotel in Warwickshire on Thursday 7th December, represent an opportunity for FASET members to demonstrate the good work they have done throughout the year and honour employees who have significantly contributed to the member company and the wider safety net and safety systems sectors.
This year’s awards were independently judged by Ray Cooke, Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit at the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Gary Walpole (Grad IOSH), Technical and Health & Safety Officer at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Mark Keily, QHSE Director at Nationwide Platforms and FASET Managing Director, Tony Seddon.
There were four categories for the 2017 FASET Awards:
Health and Safety and Training
Excellence of Work
Contributor to FASET
– with each winner receiving a trophy, certificate and the use of a dedicated FASET Awards winner’s logo.
The 2017 FASET winners and highly commended were:
Staff Merit Winner
Daniel Lewis of G&M Safety Netting Ltd
Staff Merit Joint Highly Commended
Josh Rowe of Nationwide Safety Ltd
Michael Rance of Nationwide Safety Ltd
Simon Day of Prodeck Fixing Ltd
Health and Safety and Training Winner
PMC Safety Netting Ltd
Health and Safety and Training Joint Highly Commended
Structural Metal Decks Ltd
Safety Netting Ltd
Excellence of Work Winner
Structural Metal Decks Ltd
Excellence of Work Highly Commended
AMP Access Solutions Ltd
Contributor to FASET Winner
Rob Harris of 3 Education
Contributor to FASET Highly Commended
G&M Safe Deck Ltd
Tony Seddon, FASET MD said: “It’s been a very tough year for judging, as the quality and standard of entrants was so high – reflecting the great work our members are doing to drive up standards in the safety net and safety systems industries. Congratulations to all our winners and a special mention of thanks to our out-going chairman, Rob Harris, who dedicates so much time and energy to FASET and the safety systems sector. I am pleased he will continue to serve on the Board”
Award Winner and out-going Chairman, Rob Harris said: “I am thrilled to receive this award. It marks a fond farewell to two years of being FASET Chairman. I hope I made a difference and passed it on in good shape with a positive outlook for the future.”
Sponsors of the FASET 2017 awards were Huck Nets, Nationwide Platforms, CSCS and SpanSet UK Ltd, with main event sponsors being Genie Lift.
During the awards, £2,360 was raised for the construction charity, Lighthouse Club by FASET members.
The FASET Annual General Meeting and third annual awards ceremony – sponsored by Genie UK Ltd – will be taking place at the Ardencote Hotel in Warwickshire on December 7th, bringing more than 70 of the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems elite together.
The AGM offers a comprehensive review of the year’s technical guidelines and organisational and member activities. And the prestigious awards event is an opportunity for the 40+ FASET member companies to demonstrate their good work throughout 2017, as well as a chance to honour employees who have significantly contributed to the company and the wider industry as a whole. It is also a fun event to entertain clients with and bring supply chain partners along to share in the non-profit trade body’s collective membership success.
The 2017 FASET Awards are being sponsored by Huck Nets, Nationwide Platforms, CSCS and SpanSet UK Ltd and judging is being conducted by Ray Cooke, Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit, Health & Safety Executive, Gary Walpole and Kevin Taylor from the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, Mark Keily CMIOSH, a QHSE Director at Nationwide Platforms and Tony Seddon, FASET Company Secretary.
The event categories for the 2017 FASET Awards are:
- FASET Excellence of Work Award 2017 – Sponsored by Huck Nets.
- FASET Staff Merit Award 2017 – Sponsored by Nationwide Platforms.
- Health & Safety and Training Achievement 2017 – Sponsored by CSCS.
- Contributor to FASET Award 2017 – Sponsored by SpanSet UK Ltd.
Winners of the 2017 awards will receive trophies, certificates and unique winners’ logos they will be entitled to use to highlight their achievement. And they and all shortlisted entrants will be featured in the FASET e-newsletter (with more than 700 direct subscribers, including main contractors).
In addition, the organisation will be issuing press releases to the construction and health & safety media after the event – providing a good opportunity for winners, members and the organisation to gain targeted publicity and show clients and prospective clients what is being achieved in making the safety net rigging & temporary safety systems industry safer.
Company Secretary, Tony Seddon said: “One again, we are looking forward to celebrating the many achievements of our excellent members in this enjoyable event, at a great venue. And we are pleased to say there’s growth, success and a lot of positive news to report at the AGM, as well as a plethora of superb award entrants and project examples to highlight the quality work of our membership. It should be a superb occasion.”
The 2016 FASET award winners included:
• FASET H&S Initiative of the Year – PMC Safety Netting Ltd for Workforce Engagement Initiatives
The judges were impressed with the way PMC Safety Netting put in place an innovative Training and H&S Compliance system including a specific staff member with responsibilities to ensure that they actively engaged with the workforce to gain buy in from their operatives. Their system provides the management team with valuable information enabling full engagement across the company.
• FASET Employee of the Year – Reece Doig of DTE Safety Netting Ltd
The judges felt that Reece’s dedication to work and the progress he has made in the short time he has been with the company was outstanding. He has engaged with his colleagues going out of his way to help make the company a success.
• FASET Member Project of the Year – Highersafe Ltd for their work on the Liverpool City Football Club
The innovative way that the company worked on a complex structure to enable the works to take place without disrupting the Club’s football matches, allied to the level of temporary works input made this a clear winner.
• FASET Member of the Year – PMC Safety Netting Ltd for their contribution to FASET.
PMC Safety Netting won this award for the selfless way they have engaged with FASET and it’s committees, willingly sharing good practice with other members. The company has actively promoted FASET and it’s members, regardless of whether it adversely affected PMC, with an ethos that it was OK to loose work, as long as it was to another FASET Member.
FASET has revealed the winners of its prestigious Annual Awards. The winners of the four categories for 2016 were announced at a special ceremony following the association’s Annual General Meeting at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel in Daventry.
Sponsored by Smart Scaffolder, FASET Member of the Year was won by Grimsby-based PMC Safety Netting Limited. Highly commended were Highersafe Ltd and SMD Ltd.
The positions were reversed in the Project of the Year category - sponsored by Tecnologia Deportiva SA - with Scunthorpe-based Highersafe taking top spot, and PMC receiving a highly commended.
Highersafe won outright for its innovative approach to the installation of safety netting and edge protection during the main stand extension at Liverpool Football Club, and PMC received praise for its work at the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster.
The third category, CSCS-sponsored Employee of the Year, was won by Reece Doig who joined FASET member company DTE Scaffolding & Safety Netting in October 2015.
Comments DTE’s managing director, Ray Townsend: “Although Reece has only been with us a year, his commitment to learning and acquiring skills and knowledge has been exceptional. He has completed a wide range of courses and his attitude to safety is exemplary.”
The final award, Health and Safety Initiative of the Year, was also won by PMC Safety Netting Limited, this time for its ground breaking worker engagement programme. Highly commended was Highersafe and the category was sponsored by Nationwide Platforms.
The judges for 2016 were Ray Cooke, head of the Health and Safety Executive’s Construction Sector Safety Unit; James Talman, chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors; Mark Kelly, SHEQ director at Nationwide Platforms; and Tony Seddon, FASET’s company secretary.
In each case the independent panel of judges was looking for dedication, innovation and, above all, and absolute commitment to competency and height safety.
Says Tony Seddon: “As a trade association we aim to advance safety through standards, guidance and training. These awards recognise and reward those individuals and companies who have gone that extra mile in achieving these objectives over the last 12 months.”
FASET, the trade body representing the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems industry, has announced the categories for its 2016 Annual Awards of Excellence. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony following the association’s Annual General Meeting on 1 December 2016 in Daventry.
The categories, increased from three to four for 2016, are:
- FASET Member project of the year;
- FASET Health and safety project of the year;
- FASET Employee of the year;
- FASET Member of the year.
The awards are sponsored by Tecnologia Deportiva SA, Nationwide Platforms, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and Smart Scaffolder respectively.
In each category the independent panel of judges will be looking for dedication, innovation, and, above all, an absolute commitment to safety and best practice.
The judges for 2016 are Ray Cooke, head of the Health and Safety Executive’s Construction Sector Safety Unit; James Talman, chief executive of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors; Mark Kelly, SHEQ director at Nationwide Platforms; and Tony Seddon, FASET’s company secretary.
Comments Tony: “As a trade association we aim to advance height safety through standards, guidance and training. These awards will recognise and reward those individuals and companies who have set an example in meeting these objectives over the last 12 months.”
Entry forms are available from Joe Black email@example.com at the association and the event will take place at the Hellidon Lakes Hotel, Hellidon, Daventry NN11 6GG.
Also just announced is a new technical bulletin from FASET addressing the topic of roof over netting. It can be downloaded free from www.faset.org.uk
FASET, the trade body representing the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems industry, has announced the winners of its first annual awards. In each case, the independent judging panel, which included a representative of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), was impressed by the commitment, innovation and concern for safety demonstrated by the winners.
FASET Health and Safety Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by Smart Scaffolder, this category was won by PMC Safety Netting - a FASET member company - who, in the opinion of the judges, had made an outstanding contribution to the work and role of the association by contributing time, knowledge and expertise to the development of FASET training and best practice.
In the same category, Structural Metal Decks was ‘highly commended’ for its clear commitment to prioritising health and safety, including training, within its own organisation.
FASET Operative of the Year
Sponsored by GAP Tool Hire, the winner of this category was Scott Campbell of Onestop Safety Netting and Edge Protection. Having experienced a tragic accident to a colleague at work, the judges were particularly impressed by the way in which Scott had dealt with the tragedy, re-built his confidence and gone on to positively develop his work at height skills and experience.
‘Highly commended’ was Callum Greenaway of Stasafe for his consistent and conscientious approach to working at height.
FASET Member Project of the Year
The final award, sponsored by CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), also went to PMC Safety Netting for a project that the judges described as having specific challenges requiring an innovative but painstaking approach. The project was completed successfully on time, to budget and without incident.
In this category ’highly commended’ was awarded to two companies for named projects: Nationwide Safety and Safety Net Services.
Comments the association’s secretary, Tony Seddon: “The aim of the awards is to reflect the excellent work being done by FASET member companies and their considerable contribution to advancing safety and best practice when working at height.”
ROB HARRIS is the new chairman of FASET, the trade body representing the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems industry. He took over from Paul Martin at the Association’s Annual General Meeting in Daventry in December.
Involved in the work at height industry for over 20 years, he was instrumental in founding FASET - Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training - in 2001 and has been a major contributor to its progress and development ever since. He remains as chairman of the FASET training committee.
Managing director of his own training company, Buckinghamshire-based 3-Education Ltd, Rob Harris has been actively involved in various industry working groups including the Advisory Committee for Roofsafety, BS 8411 Code of Practice for Safety Nets, BS 8454 Training Standards for Work at Height Training, and the ACWAHT Syllabus Committee.
He regularly runs safety net courses and workshops for construction managers and safety professionals, and delivers training courses to various sectors of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Rob is also heavily involved in the training of operatives in the practical aspects of safety net rigging and continues as an NVQ assessor taking them through to qualification.
He has authored three additional courses for the Association: Temporary Edge Protection to BS EN 13374; the erection of stair towers; and the use and inspection of tensioned access platforms - often referred to as walk-on nets.
Comments FASET’s new chairman: “As one of the architects of the Association, and someone who has been actively involved in its direction and growth, I am delighted to have the opportunity of working with members to further improve standards and best practice across the industry.”
“During my term of office I aim to ensure that FASET continues to play a leading role in developing national and international standards and guidance. I want to see us working more closely with other trade associations to develop common safety and performance goals, and to stress the benefits of using FASET member companies.”