MATS Conference 2021

Sponsored by Virtua

Following the postponements in 2020 due to the pandemic, The Mast and Tower Safety Group (MATS) are holding our fourth annual conference and will bring together the industry to share ideas and help determine how we can continue to improve safety standards.

Who are MATS?


The MATS Group consists of organisations that own or manage masts and towers where there is significant work at height and occupational radio frequency (RF) hazards. The aim of the Group is to provide and share information and guidance on safe working at height and occupational RF issues related to the broadcast and communications infrastructure.


What’s the day all about?


We have a varied programme designed to promote discussion and debate but also to provide informative updates on topics that challenge us all on a daily basis. There will be a supplier area so you can see the latest equipment and services on offer.

Who is this event aimed at?


The event is aimed at any company and/or individual  working within the broadcast and telecommunication industry that climbs masts and towers, health and safety professionals, operational managers and company directors.


Who is presenting?


We have a number of presenters and facilitators from across the industry client and contractor base, along with a suppliers village and will also feature a special “Innovation Station” whereby some exhibitors will demonstrate their very latest products to improve safety and efficiency.


Virtua Communications Infrastructure


Virtua are a leading provider of bespoke communications infrastructure services to the telecoms, broadcast, data and wireless industries.


Whatever your communications engineering problem, they can help.  From the initial survey, to design, installation and through to test and optimisation – Virtua provide their customers with a complete turn key solution.


Virtua experts have extensive experience in their respected fields and as a company they have been involved in landmark infrastructure projects – from new hospitals, to armed forces locations, stadiums, multi-storey offices and broadcast sites.

3M Safety Training


In August 2015, 3M and Capital Safety – two industry leaders in personal protective equipment and fall protection – joined forces to bring together an outstanding history of innovation and excellence in worker safety.


Today, as 3M Safety Training our goal remains the same: to provide the very best training to ensure all your workers go home safely every day.  The only difference is we’ve now added 3M’s skill at applying science to improve everyday lives into the mix.


This means you can now protect the safety and the health of your staff even better with the exact training you need.


So while the name may have changed, we’re still global leaders in fall protection.

Nationwide Platforms


We are Nationwide Platforms, your trusted adviser in powered access rental.


As the market-leader in powered access rental in the UK, we are proud to offer our customers more choice, increased availability and greater coverage from our network of 30 depots across the country, allowing them to work safely at height.


Your safety is our priority; that’s why we offer comprehensive and bespoke solutions tailored to the individual needs of our Telecoms customers to improve productivity and increase safety. This includes site surveys, survey reports, TM/PM/EToNs, council permits, trackway, and our antenna handling device SkyTel™.

Arco Professional Safety Services


Services and Products provided to the telecoms industry and being exhibited on the day will include;

  • MATS accredited Working at Height & Rescue training
  • Safe To Climb tower inspections
  • IRATA works including decommissioning, line of sight, cable installations, etc
  • Working at Heights PPE & rescue equipment
  • Tool tethers
  • Managed Service
  • PPE Inspections & Servicing
  • Fall Protection installations and inspection/recertification

Topics will include:

The aim of MATS group and the role we playing in creating industry guidance

Climber Competency

Flat Roof Competency

5G – The Challenges Faced By Industry

Rooftop and Greenfield Steelwork Design

COVID-19 / Long Covid & Mental Health

We will announce the winner of our Photo Competition to close the conference.


The conference will be held at:

Ricoh Arena,
Judds Lane,



Doubletree by Hilton – Ricoh Arena

Tel:  02476 933340