The Health & Safety Event at the NEC, Birmingham, 10-12 April 2018, marks the launch of a completely new charity dedicated exclusively to the work at height sector. The No Falls Foundation – sponsored by PASMA and supported by all eleven member organisations of the Access Industry Forum (AIF) – makes its official debut in the BSIF Theatre at 14.00 on Wednesday, 11th April.

It is also the featured charity at The Safety & Health Excellence Awards at The Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham which celebrate innovation and achievement in the health, safety, security and fire sectors.

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 aftermath and 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% of the total).

Comments founding trustee, Peter Bennett: “The No Falls Foundation is delighted to have both the exhibition and awards as a prominent platform from which to introduce this landmark initiative.” 

“This is a major new charity which aims to have a positive influence on everyone involved in work at height.”

Says Tim Else, director at Western Business Exhibitions, organisers of The Health & Safety Event and Awards: “We are extremely pleased to be hosting the charity, and with more than 350 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 member organisations at this year’s show which gives visitors access to an unrivalled range of height safety expertise under one roof”.

The AIF comprises eleven of the leading trade associations and federations involved in work at height: ATLAS: BSIF: EPF; FASET; IPAF; IRATA; Ladder Association; NASC; PASMA; SAEMA and WAHSA.