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Arqiva stays on top with help from University of Chichester

EXPERTS from the University of Chichester are working with the occupational health provider Corporate Health and the communications infrastructure company Arqiva to investigate the physiological demands experienced by mast engineers when climbing telecommunication towers.

The University’s Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Unit (SPRU) was awarded a contract by Corporate Health to measure the oxygen uptake and heart rate response of engineers as they climbed up the 330m Arqiva Tower, on Emley Moor, in Yorkshire.

This work is designed to inform the development of a job related physical fitness standard to ensure workers are safe and effective in performing their duties.

This work forms part of SPRU’s occupational physiology research and support service, which aims to enhance the health, fitness, safety and performance of people undertaking physically demanding occupations by applying best practice and scientific knowledge to create client-focused solutions.

Arqiva and University of Chichester

Sally Ford, Head of Safety, Health, and Environment at Arqiva, said: “We are immensely proud of the safety initiatives we have in place at Arqiva to protect our workforce and the work the University of Chichester and Corporate Health have done is invaluable in ensuring that on-going safety and wellbeing.”

Arqiva are a communications infrastructure and media services company, operating at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.

They provide much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK for major broadcasters as well as independent radio groups and the leading UK mobile network operators.

To find out more about the University of Chichester’s Sports Performance and Rehabilitation Centre, visit www.chi.ac.uk/spru.