S&HE 19/6/19 Roles and Responsibilities for Working at Height panel discussion

23 Apr 2019

The Scaffolding Association has been asked to return to the Safety & Health Expo to run a panel discussion on the ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR WORKING AT HEIGHT. This will take place on Wednesday 19th June at 11.30am in the Operational Excellence Theatre.




Led by Robert Candy, Chief Executive of The Scaffolding Association, the panel will discuss a range of roles, responsibilities and best practices from the perspective of clients and contractors in order to give an informed overview for those involved with working at height contracts.

The purpose of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height, such as a facilities manager or building owner who contracts others to work at height, then the Regulations apply to you. You must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people, including using the right type of equipment for working at height. This session will look at how you meet your responsibilities under the regulations and explore the impact and consequences of non-compliance.

Speakers include:


Robert Candy - Chief Executive, the Scaffolding AssociatonRobert founded the Association in 2011 to raise the profile and professionalism of scaffolding within the Construction Industry. He has worked as a Health and Safety consultant, CDM Co-ordinator and Temporary Works Co-ordinator for a range of clients including multi-national companies, local authorities and UK charities for over 15 years. He is a graduate member of IOSH, an incorporated member of the Association of Project Safety and has a Fellowship from the Royal Society of Public Health. 

Matthew Gowen - Legal Director (Barrister), Regulatory and Corporate Defence Team, Birketts LLP
Matthew has a wealth of experience from over 20 years at the criminal Bar and was previously a consultant to Birketts LLP before joining them in 2014. He offers advice and representation in all areas of corporate and regulatory crime, including health and safety and environmental matters. One of his clients appeared on the BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show (October 2014), following a high profile acquittal, stating that he was "staggered by [Matthew's] intellectual agility" and describing his closing speech as a "piece de resistance. It was brilliant." 

Craig Varian - Head of Estate Policy and Compliance, Department of Work & Pensions. Consultant.
Craig is a CMIOSH and MIIRSM and an ex-HSE inspector.He has inspected, investigated and prosecuted companies in relation  to work at height. He previously sat on the health and safety committee of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and has worked in compliance roles for a roofing and scaffolding company.



Join us this year on Wednesday 19th June at 11.30am in the Operational Excellence Theatre.

10C Abbey Lane Court
Abbey Lane
WR11 4BY
Evesham, Worcestershire
United Kingdom

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