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A TOTAL of 13 speakers will address the Access Industry Forum’s (AIF’s) second national conference Working at height: Access for life on Thursday, 14 November 2019 at the A J Bell Stadium, Salford. They will talk about the issues and topics set to shape the future of access and height safety in a sector which saw 40 fatalities in 2018/19 according to figures released by the Health and Safety Executive. 

The keynote address ‘Working at height: State of play’ will be delivered by Sarah Jardine, Acting Head of the HSE’s Construction Division, who will talk about the UK’s current position and standing on safety generally and the latest trends and developments.

The inquiry recommendations will also feature in a discussion between Alison Thewliss MP, chair of the APPG, and Peter Bennett OBE, chair of the Access Industry Forum. Alison and Peter, ’in conversation’ on stage, will discuss the role of the APPG, the recommendations of the inquiry report, the response to that report, the progress made since and what happens next. 

Supported by the Association for Project Safety (APS), the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) and Hire Association Europe (HAE), the conference – which is ‘certified in principle’ by The CPD Certification Service – will also include presentations from AFI-Uplift, Arup, RoSPA, Transport for London, the Government Office for Product Safety and Standards, the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association, the No Falls Foundation charity and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

The speakers, which also include Jason Anker MBE, Paul Blanchard and Dylan Skelhorn of the No Falls Foundation, will cover topics ranging from access and the role of virtual reality to mental health awareness and managing risk. Delegates will also learn about the latest and impending standards, guidance and legislation in the work at height sector. 

A work at height exhibition will run alongside the one-day conference.