Roger Verallo to become PASMA chairman

By Maria Hadlow09 June 2009

The new chairman of PASMA, Roger Verallo.

The new chairman of PASMA, Roger Verallo.

From 14 July Roger Verallo co-founder of UK scaffold tower specialist Euro Towers will take over as chairman of PASMA, (Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association). PASMA is the organisation that maintains, develops and sets the standards for mobile access towers in the UK and Ireland; Mr Verallo takes over from Paul Gallacher who retires after serving the prescribed two-year term.

Roger Verallo, 61, has over 30 years experience of the aluminium tower industry and is a long time supporter of PASMA having served as a member of council, chairman of the training committee and most recently as vice chairman of the association.

After 14 years at Zig Zag Scaffolding he founded Euro Towers Ltd with Tony Williams - himself a former chairman of the association - in 1991. With two factories in Northampton, Euro Towers is now a leading manufacturer and supplier of towers and an approved PASMA training centre.

Mr Verallo said, "I agreed to become chairman of the association, not simply to continue the excellent work of my predecessors, but to help promote awareness and understanding of PASMA as a truly professional organisation committed to raising standards and safety.

"In particular I want to champion the work of the association's various committees, the need for continuing professional development and, from a practical perspective, the introduction of recognised and accepted standards for low level access equipment."

"Like Paul Gallacher before him, Roger Verallo will be a great asset to PASMA," says managing director, Peter Bennett. "He knows and understands towers and speaks the language. No one is better equipped or more knowledgeable to take over at this important point in the association's development."

PASMA has 308 members throughout the UK and Ireland, it has a firm focus on safety and best practice with industry standard training courses attracting more than 50000 delegates annually. A founder member of the AIF (Access Industry Forum), it works closely with the Health and Safety Executive and other industry bodies to help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries resulting from working at height.

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