MATS Conference 2022

Sponsored by Virtua

Following the postponements in 2020 & 2021 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 daily. 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 several presenters and facilitators from across the industry client and contractor base, along with a supplier’s village and will also feature a special “Innovation Station” whereby some exhibitors will demonstrate their very latest products to improve safety and efficiency.




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


No matter your project we can help, from the initial survey, to design, installation and through to test and optimisation.


Our experts have extensive experience in their respected fields and as a company we have been involved in landmark infrastructure projects – from new hospitals, to armed force’s locations, housing estates, stadiums, multi-storey offices and broadcast towers and masts.

3M Safety Training


With over 100+ years of combined experience within the Telecommunications and training industries, 3M Safety Training as part of the Personal Safety Division, provides courses focused on fall protection and rescue, safe work at height, lifting and rigging, radio frequency awareness, confined space access, general health and safety and technical consultancy at the unique training centre within the Greater Manchester area and at Customer sites.


The 3M Safety Training centre located in Oldham is easily accessible from across the country and facilities include:

  • 26m Lattice Telecoms Tower
  • 2 x Monopoles
  • 17m Working at Height Training Tower
  • Confined Space Training Area with 40m of Tunnel
  • Large Rooftop Training Area
  • ITC First Aid Approved Training Centre
  • Energy & Utility Skills Approved Provider (EUSR) for MATS (Mast and Tower Safety Group)
  • 5 x Classrooms



‘When the potential risks are as high as the mast and tower industry’s there can be no room for doubt when it comes to safety.


You need a strategic, end-to-end approach across the entire hierarchy of control. Through our integrated safety services business, we help you to understand and mitigate risk, get the right equipment and protect training and record maintenance compliance.


Arco’s holistic approach helps you ensure there are no gaps in your safety management, and we can work with you to ensure that your health and safety starts with prevention and ends with protection.


Discover more here and meet our team of mast and tower safety equipment and services experts at the MATS 2021 Conference to learn how sourcing your safety management, equipment and PPE solutions from one supplier will help protect your colleagues and brand.


Arco – your world made safer.’



Commhoist is the specialist network logistics contractor providing an END-TO-END managed service for new builds, upgrades, decommissioning and maintenance works to the Mobile Telecoms, Fixed Line Telecoms, Gas and Electrical Utilities Industries.


Taking full ownership of health and safety, providing telecoms and utilities trained operatives on every site, we offer a unique fully comprehensive insurance that allows Commhoist to deliver an End-To-End managed service that gives all clients cost clarity, peace of mind and logistics services delivered right first time.


Utilising our own fleet of specialist vehicles, plant and equipment, we remove the need for any third party to be involved, embracing a philosophy that eliminates as many middle layers or stages of the delivery process as possible.



Fallprotec S.A. was founded in 2004 by two specialists in Height Safety Products and Safe Access Solutions with more than 25 years of experience in the business. It has innovation in its DNA and continuously invests into product development such as the Quickset vertical cable lifeline or the RopeClimber hoist for person or material lifting. All are certified by independent notifying bodies as per latest European Standard and covered by product liability insurance.


Fallprotec has a network in over 60 countries and its products are used by major industries, renown architects and large construction companies worldwide. Our professionals provide daily support to our partners and guide the customer from the first-scratch concepts to the installation.


A one-stop shop, Fallprotec provides services such as industrial site audits, engineering and training in its own facilities under ISO 9001 : 2015 E.C. Quality of Production « Article 11B » quality control. The company follows large-scale complex projects from the design phase to the installation with bespoke solutions or standard products.



For almost two decades, LOCKEN has been working to ensure the security and operational efficiency of companies through its unique access control solution and customised services. Now, as part of ISEO Group, LOCKEN continues to provide bespoke access control solutions, based on an advanced management software, that are particularly suited to critical infrastructure, industrial facilities and companies with many remote sites.


LOCKEN’s access control solutions are designed to offer customers an end-to-end, scalable system tailored to their individual requirements. With innovative devices, a single software suite, personalised apps and support services, they are the ideal solution for companies seeking a long-term, profitable investment.


LOCKEN’s customer portfolio includes key accounts in various industries, including telecommunications, energy, water distribution, transport, manufacturing, banking and local authorities.


In addition to meeting security requirements, LOCKEN solutions are committed to increasing operational efficiency and reducing company’s operating costs. Their secure, user-friendly features play a major role in modernising customer processes.

MSA Safety


MSA Safety is a leading global manufacturer of critical safety products, with extensive experience in providing solutions across multiple industries, including working at height systems for mast and tower structures.


MSA’s areas of expertise includes providing advanced personal and fixed fall protection solutions, along with comfortable, compact and adaptable head protection for working at height.


Because we provide customised fall protection solutions all around the world with our range of Latchways® systems, MSA has a thorough understanding of work at height safety challenges and needs. Our product leadership is backed by a team of experts and a network of dedicated installers that are offering tailored solutions in nearly every work environment. And MSA is always thinking ahead— monitoring legislative developments around the world so that we can respond quickly with products and services designed to comply with new regulations without sacrificing productivity.


MSA works collaboratively with customers to help them identify the most suitable solution for their needs, however complex. At MSA, we know what’s at stake, and we know the importance of having a partner you can trust.

Nationwide Platforms


Nationwide Platforms is the UK’s largest provider of Powered Access platforms and associated training. Offering a complete range of equipment, including truck mounts, tracked booms, van-mounts (ideally suited for 5G small cell applications), electric/hybrid boom lifts & scissor lifts, with working heights of up to 90m. Our depots around the UK and large team of operators, along with support engineers mean we can offer local-quality service almost anywhere in the country, any day or time of the week. 


We have vast experience working with the telecoms industry, and have several key services and products specific to your needs, including:

  • Specialist SkyTel™ attachment for safer handling of antennae and shrouds.
  • Traffic & pedestrian management
  • EToN applications
  • Council permits
  • Temporary roadways
  • Site surveys with comprehensive survey reports.


Looking to the future our fleet is also leading in sustainability, with a growing proportion of our platforms using fully electrical or hybrid power sources, and other developments ahead to minimise the carbon footprint of our diesel-powered machines.



Dropped Objects are still killing people and profits.  NLG makes it easy to stop drops, with clever tool tethering and simple training.

Paragon Traffic Management


Paragon Traffic Management Ltd are a leading independent supplier of traffic and pedestrian management and provide permits / symology services.


We work with many specialist industries including  mobile telecoms, fibre installation, access and lifting solutions as well as providing traffic management to highways authorities.


We are accredited to National Highways Sector Schemes 12A 12B and 12 D for all type of traffic management from rural and urban roads right up to high-speed works on dual carriageways and motorways.


Other company qualifications include Constructionline Gold, Safecontractor by Alcumus, Acclaim SSIP and we are a founding member of Greener Highways.


With a growing depot network around the UK, we offer a genuine 24/7 365 service to all our clients.


We have developed a custom-built CRM to instantly share information between the Paragon office, Paragon Road based staff and the client, each client can have a login to view all their jobs from inception to invoice and can access live updates during site works.  



Petzl’s mission is to create innovative tools and services that allow men and women to progress, position and protect themselves in vertical environments, as well as to light their way in the dark.


For over 40 years we have continually looked for the best solutions in performance, ergonomics, comfort and reliability while maintaining a constant contact with professionals, this allows us to create the best solutions to meet your needs. The demands and the commitment of both professional and sport users are what guide our approach to supporting you in your pursuit of the inaccessible. 

Topics will include:

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

Climber Competency

Flat Roof Competency

Work at Height and Rescue

5G – The Challenges Faced By Industry

Innovating our way to a safer industry

COVID-19 / Long Covid & Mental Health

“Dropped in it” – scenario of an “interview under caution”

PLUS – Over 40 industry experts exhibiting at our supplier village


The conference will be held at:

Coventry Building Society Arena
Judds Lane,



Doubletree by Hilton – Coventry Building Society 

Tel:  02476 933340