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The benefits of IPAF and PASMA eLearning

Issue date: November 4, 2020

Since restarting our training programs after the first Covid-19 lockdown, IPAF and PASMA eLearning has really taken off, and it’s been working very successfully so far.  More and more candidates are opting to complete their theory sessions from home, and here we look at why. Read more. 


Tips for staying safe at height this winter

Issue date: November 4, 2020

Working at height this winter? Stay safe with these seven tips. Read more. 


Staying safe while putting up Christmas decorations

Issue date: October 29, 2020

It’s November and Christmas will soon be upon us. Are you putting up decorations? If so, here are a few pointers to keep you safe while working at height. Read more. 


5 reasons to book an operated hire

Issue date: October 5, 2020

Trying to decide between operated or self-drive hire for your next work at height project? Here are 5 reasons why you should consider an operated hire. Read more. 


Staying safe while working at height in autumn

Issue date: September 20, 2020

It’s autumn. The leaves are falling, the nights are coming in, and the weather is changing. Unfortunately, that means additional risks for work at height outdoors, which we explore here. Read more. 


How to make the most of your work at height training

Issue date: September 2, 2020

If you’re coming to us for work at height training, whether IPAF training for powered access platforms or PASMA training for mobile scaffold towers, we want you to get as much out of the course as possible. We’re always happy to answer questions if you have any but otherwise here are a few tips to help you prepare. Read more. 


Top hazards associated with mobile scaffold towers

Issue date: August 25, 2020

Mobile scaffold towers offer an efficient solution for working at height. With the correct training, they are straightforward to assemble and dismantle, and you can move them around easily as they are on wheels. They are a safe stable platform for work inside and out. Though, as with any work at height, there are always risks; some of the main hazards are... read more.


Top hazards associated with MEWPs

Issue date: August 10, 2020

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or MEWPs for short offer a safe option for work above ground level, but they are not without risks. Accidents can result in injury or even fatality. Some of the main hazards include... read more. 


What to look for in a work at height training provider

Issue date: July 25, 2020

If you or your employees operate powered access equipment or use alloy towers, whether owned by you or hired in, appropriate training to a verified standard is vital and required under the Health & Safety at Work Act and The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1988 (PUWER). How do you decide who to go to for training though? There is so much choice. Read more. 


Health and safety at height in the Covid-19 era

Issue date: July 10, 2020

It’s a difficult and anxious time for any business at the moment, balancing uncertainty and managing the risk of Covid-19. Everything is out of order, employees are stressed and distracted, many are grieving, and there are a whole host of new safety procedures for everyone to get their head around. We’re adjusting to a new normal, but how does that fit into an already high-risk industry, such as working at height? Read more.  


5 mistakes to avoid when operating MEWPs

Issue date: June 26, 2020

MEWPS offer a safe platform to work at height, but only when used correctly. Here are five dangerous mistakes to avoid while working at height with a MEWP. Read more.


Avoiding overhead obstructions while working at height 

Issue date: June 6, 2020

Collision with overhead obstructions, such as powerlines, is just one of the risks to consider when operating MEWPs, with the potential for crushing incidents or entrapment of operators between the MEWP and the obstruction. It can result in injury, or worse case, fatality. Read more. 


Working in the trees with Warren Access

Issue date: May 26, 2020

Are you looking for a MEWP to carry out routine or emergency tree work? Our fleet of access platforms are ideal for work high up in the canopy and are available for operated or platform-only hire today. Read more. 


Working at height with Warren Access

Issue date: March 30, 2020

Working at height is more than just construction, building maintenance and warehouses. Here are few other things our hire fleet have been up to recently. Read more. 


Why hire from an Access Alliance member?

Issue date: March 26, 2020

The Access Alliance is a collaboration of some of the UK and Ireland’s strongest independently-owned powered access hire and sales companies. All members hold the same core values and adhere to the same exacting standards. By coming together, they provide a uniform service nationally and keep standards high throughout the industry. Read more.


Planning for emergencies when working at height

Issue date: March 21, 2020

Preparing for emergencies is an essential part of work at height planning. Whether it’s a fall, medical issue, or equipment malfunction knowing what to do and how to recover quickly can prevent the situation escalating and, potentially, fatalities. Read more. 


How to stay safe while using mobile scaffold towers

Issue date: March 10, 2020


Mobile scaffold towers are a freestanding, stable, cost-effective method of working at height. Their lightweight nature and ease of dismantling make them easy to transport to and from worksites while their versatility means they are ideal for a wide range of jobs, inside and out. Read more. 


The role of the HSE in work at height

Issue date: February 15, 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the Government agency responsible for regulating health and safety at work, and in terms of work at height, enforcing the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Read more.


Why complying with the work at height regulations is so important

Issue date: February 02, 2020

All work at height in the UK is regulated by the Work at Height Regulations 2005, put in place to “prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. You can read them here or for a summary read our blog, ‘what are the regulations around working at height’ here. Below we look at why complying is so important to you and your business. Read more. 


Types of MEWP

Issue date: January 23, 2020

A Mobile Elevated Work Platform or MEWP for short provides a safe platform to complete work at height. There are two main types: boom and vertical and they can be mobile or static, with mobile meaning they are drivable when elevated, which saves time if you have a lot of work at height jobs to do in one location. Read more. 


New year, a new focus on safety

Issue date: January 05, 2020

It’s January, the month of reflection and fresh starts! And, that’s not just limited to diets, gym memberships, and bad habits. Working at height is still claiming one of the top spots for workplace accidents and fatalities, so why not use that ‘new year, new me’ mentality to review your working at height safety procedures? Read more.


Hierarchy of control measures when working at height

Issue date: December 28, 2019

According to HSE statistics, working at height is the most common cause of fatalities at work. It can be a dangerous business, but with the correct health and safety measures in place, you can minimise the risks. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 dictate what employers need to do to keep their workplace as safe as possible. Read more. 


Who are IPAF?

Issue date: December 15, 2019

The International Powered Access Association or IPAF for short are a not for profit organisation working to promote the safe and effective use of powered access equipment. Warren Access are work at height training specialists, and an IPAF approved training centre. We are committed to safety and use only qualified instructors able to train to our high standards and those dictated by IPAF. Read more.


How to ensure employees follow health and safety procedures

Issue date: November 15, 2019

As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring your employees stay safe while working at height. Providing adequate training is a significant part of that, as are producing health and safety procedures and supplying the correct tools and safety equipment. But, none of those makes a difference if your employees are not on board and working safely. If you’re finding it a challenge, here’s five ways to ensure your employees follow health and safety procedures and work at height safely. Read more.


The importance of wearing a harness when working at height

Issue date: November 15, 2019

When working at height, you hope accidents don’t happen, but unfortunately, they do sometimes, even with proper planning. Though the chance of injury or fatality can be reduced substantially by wearing the correct harness properly. Read more.


Common work at height hazards and how to avoid them

Issue date: October 25, 2019

There are many hazards to avoid when working at height, but here are some of the common ones to consider and how to reduce the risk. Read more.


How to prevent slips, trips and falls when working at height

Issue date: October 10, 2019

You don’t need to be at a height to suffer the consequences of a slip, trip or fall at work but the risks certainly elevate when working high off the ground. Here we look at just five ways you can minimise the risk of slips, trips, and falls at height and on the ground. Read more.


5 points to consider when hiring a cherry picker

Issue date: September 29, 2019

Cherry pickers are fantastic pieces of access equipment, so versatile and suitable for everything from fruit picking to filming, maintenance and construction. They come in all shapes and sizes and with different maximum heights and reaches – our hire fleet have max heights of between 10 and 90 m! Read more. 


Top 5 dos and don'ts when working at height

Issue date: September 13, 2019

There are many factors to consider when working from height, but here are our top five dos and don’ts to keep you safe and productive. Read more.


Staying safe while working at height in all weathers

Issue date: August 30, 2019

No matter the season, working outdoors in the UK is always interesting. Just one day can bring sun, wind, rain… snow! It can be hard to contend with when trying to work safely at height. Read more.


Do you have safety in mind?

Issue date: August 15, 2019

It doesn’t matter how many procedures you put in place to keep your employees safe while working at height; if their mindsets are wrong, accidents are likely to happen. Safety is all about attitude, after all. Read more.


The importance of planning when working at height

Issue date: July 19, 2019

This month we're looking at one of IPAF's previous campaigns – plan ahead. It focuses on reducing the risks of working at height with MEWPs through proper planning and preparation. Read more. 


4 ways to reduce collision risk when working at height

Issue date: July 5, 2019

According to the HSE website, an average of seven people die a year because of collisions on construction sites, and many more suffer minor injuries. In many cases, however, accidents are avoidable with proper planning and procedures. Read more.


5 reasons to hire a tracked boom lift

Issue date: June 26, 2019

Useful both inside and out and able to travel over soft or delicate ground that other access plant can’t, tracked boom lifts are ideal for those difficult to reach jobs. Read more.


Why hire an electric scissor lift?

Issue date: June 15, 2019

Whether working indoors or outdoors, in a wide-open space or a confined area, a scissor lift could be right for you. They are compact, have a tight turning circle and are easy to move from location to location, making them an ideal and safe platform to work from for a variety of work at height jobs. Read more.


Reducing the risk of falling from height

Issue date: May 20, 2019

According to the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), sudden movement is one of the leading causes of falls from mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). Reduce the risk by using the correct personal fall protection. Read more.


5 considerations when working from height near roads

Issue date: May 14, 2019

Working at height is dangerous wherever you are, but working near roads brings the added dangers of traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians. In line with IPAF’s new street smart campaign, we look at how to work at height safely near roads. Read more.


Carrying out your MEWP pre-use inspection

Issue date: March 25, 2019

Machinery malfunction is one of the common causes of work at height accidents. As an employer, you’re responsible for ensuring your workplace is as risk-free as possible, which includes making sure you transport, store, and use all access equipment in the safest way possible. Pre-use inspections are essential to this. Read more.


Employee responsibilities when working at height

Issue date: March 25, 2019

As an employer, most of the responsibility when working at height falls to you. You must ensure all workers are competent, that you adhere to all health and safety regulations and that you assess and mitigate against risks. It’s not all on the employer, though. Employees do have responsibilities too... read more.


Who are PASMA?

Issue date: March 25, 2019

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers' & Manufacturers' Association Ltd or PASMA as they’re more often known, are an international not-for-profit association dedicated to the mobile access tower industry. Their training programmes, information, and guidance all work together to make the mobile access industry safer. Read more.


What are the regulations around working at height?

Issue date: November 20, 2018

If you’re working at height, the regulations you need to familiarise yourself with are the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Read more. 


Your responsibilities as an employer when staff are working at height

Issue date: October 02, 2018

If you’re an employer, you’re responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of your employees. That means you must do everything you can to minimise risk in your workplace and protect employees from harm. Read more.


How to work at height safely

Issue date: September 25, 2018

When used properly, Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) provide a safe method of working at height. But, if not given the consideration they require, they can quickly become the source of accidents, injuries and even death. Read more.


Why should I use a cherry picker?

Issue date: September 18, 2018

From ladders to cherry pickers and scissor lifts, there is no one way to work at height. There’s a range of options and which is right for your job depends on a multitude of factors, for example, what height you need to get to and how much space you have to work with. Read more.


Are My Staff Competent to Work at Height?

Issue date: July 18, 2018

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to minimise risk and keep your workers safe. Part of this involves ensuring that everyone you hire, whether an employee or contractor, is competent and able to do their job safely. This is not only important for their well-being; it’s stipulated in the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR). Read more.


When Using A Ladder To Work At Height Is Dangerous

Issue date: July 04, 2018

When needing to carry out work at height, ladders are often the first thought. Yet, despite their supposed convenience and simplicity, they are the cause of numerous avoidable accidents, many of which are fatal. They are dangerous, and while not banned under Health and Safety law, they are... read more. 


5 Tips for Working Safely at Height

Issue date: June 20, 2018

Safety is paramount when working at height. It is one of the biggest causes of workplace injuries and fatalities, and as an employer, it is your responsibility to minimise risk and adhere to regulations. There is plenty of information available on www.hse.gov.uk, but here are five tips to... read more.  


New IPAF report shows MEWP rental market is booming!

Issue date: June 20, 2018

The latest report from International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) shows that the global Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) rental market is booming, with UK MEWP hire outstripping the wider construction industry by two to one... read more.

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