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Press Release: Tallescope Rescue. Ongoing work by Aluminium Access Products
22nd Jun 2012
majority of Tallescope users are finding it difficult to comply with the Work
at Height Regulations 2005, as they do not have an effective method of rescuing
a person who becomes incapacitated in the raised basket.
A number of groups have been looking at this problem recently, to try to find a solution; generally, these have relied upon using fixtures and fittings in the lighting grid, so would only be applicable in theatres having those items.
Aluminium Access Products (AAP) recently asked for a meeting with the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and outlined two possible methods for such a rescue. Both methods require adjustments/additions to the Tallescope but, once applied, can remain fitted during storage and use, so will always be there should they be required. Crucially, neither method relies on any external aids/fixings/supports, which means they can be used in the vast majority of situations.
At the meeting it was agreed that AAP will now carry out urgent further work on both methods, to see which will provide the best and most cost effective solution. The work will be carried out with the active assistance and guidance of a competent engineering consultant, to ensure it will comply with all relevant legislation.
Further details will be released once the best method has been properly evaluated and tested.