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The Specialist Access Engineering & Maintenance Association (SAEMA) has joined the Temporary Works Forum (TWf).

The alliance with the TWf, which promotes best practice throughout the construction industry, will be mutually beneficial, enabling SAEMA to further its aim of advancing safety through the raising of standards – with the ultimate aim of eliminating falls from height.

SAEMA has a long history in delivering the best training and guidance in the temporary and permanent suspended access industry SAEMA User Training is a new way for those who work at height to be assessed on their technical understanding. Part 1 is a theory test that can be taken remotely at the user’s convenience. Part 2 is a practical site-based test.

Tony Seddon, who is company secretary for SAEMA, commented: “Joining the TWf and having the opportunity to engage with its broad and growing membership, including consulting engineers, is extremely valuable.

“The importance of temporary works in the construction of a permanent structure cannot be over-emphasised. In joining the Forum, we can be part of the drive to improve the dissemination of knowledge and guidance in the design, erection and dismantling of equipment on site – all of which will be vital in reducing accidents on site.”

Robin James is Operations Director at the TWf. He commented: “I am delighted to welcome SAEMA as a new member of the TWf. It is a highly respected name throughout the construction industry and has become synonymous with best practice.

“We now have a membership of over 250, which is growing continuously, spanning 30 different disciplines within the area of temporary works SAEMA (and SAEMA User Training) will be a great addition to the forum and the promotion safe practice in the construction industry.”