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AIF National Work at Height Conference 2019: Speaker line-up confirmed

A 13-strong speaker line-up has been announced for the AIF National Work at Height Conference 2019. On the agenda will be a range of issues and topics which are set to shape the future of access and height safety.

Access Industry Forum (AIF) is set to host the national conference Working at height: Access for life, which takes place on Thursday 14 November 2019 at the A J Bell Stadium in Salford.

The conference will be chaired by Dr Shaun Lundy and speakers include RoSPA’s OSH Policy Advisor, Dr Karen McDonnell, Steffan Groch from DWF Solicitors, Jason Anker MBE and APPG Work at Height Chair, Alison Thewliss MP.

According to figures released by the HSE, there were 40 fatalites in 2018/19 as a result of falls from height, highlighting the need for action.

Sarah Jardine, Acting Head of the HSE’s Construction Division, will deliver the keynote address, ‘Working at height: State of play’, where she will discuss the UK’s current position and standing on safety generally, the latest trends and developments and, significantly, the HSE’s formal response to the inquiry recommendations of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height.

Alison Thewliss MP is also set to pick up on the inquiry recommendations in her session with Peter Bennett OBE, Chair of the Access Industry Forum. Together they will talk about 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 IIRSM and Hire Association Europe (HAE), the conference will also include presentations from AFI-Uplift, Arup, 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).

Speakers will cover a range of topics, 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.

Running alongside the conference, all eleven member organisations of the Forum will be represented in an exhibition and will be joined by, amongst others, the AFI Group, Euro Towers, Haki, the Kee Safety Group, Nationwide Platforms, Pop-Up Products and Spanset.


The AIF is the Forum for the principal trade associations and federations involved in work at height. Each organisation represents a different part of the access industry and fosters and supports codes of good practice, equipment standards, training, education and knowledge. Championing the work of the APPG and No Falls Foundation, its members are ATLAS, BSIF, EPF, FASET, IPAF, IRATA, Ladder Association, NASC, PASMA, SAEMA and WAHSA.

Click here for more details on National Work at Height Conference 2019.

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