Further to our previous announcement (in November 2020) about a fault that occurred with a Sky Climber lightweight link unit, we have been in discussions with Sky Climber and would like to thank the organisation for its professional and collaborative approach in promoting the highest possible standards of safety across the industry.
It has not been possible to determine the origin of the failed component. Therefore, SAEMA and Sky Climber strongly recommend that only original manufacturer spare parts are used to ensure the quality and safety of the system.
Sky Climber requires that all connection frames intended to be used in the Light Weight Stage (LWS) are checked on a regular basis as per the instruction manual. Some connection frames in the field have already been in service for decades and are subject to heavy duty use over a period of many years. Connection frames or any other components that show signs of excessive corrosion, damage, deformation and tearing need to be taken out of service immediately and replaced with original spare parts.
To emphasise this point, Sky Climber has published an engineering release to its dealers so that appropriate inspections can take place; they are also publishing this information more widely to reach owners of systems that may not be in contact with their dealer network. For any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact Sky Climber Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org. All suspended access systems should be inspected and maintained by competent engineers and a good sign of that competency will be the use of original spare parts.
SAEMA is always happy to work with its partners in highlighting any areas of working at height that could be improved to help workers to stay safe.
SAEMA is the national trade body for the permanent and temporary façade access equipment industry. It is an important partner for organisations who want to ensure their projects are undertaken to the very highest standards of safety. The organisation has a long history in delivering the best training and guidance in the temporary and permanent suspended access industry.
SAEMA is respected throughout the industry and remains committed to raising the standards in best practice.