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Alta goes mobile to test new scaffolding planks

A new business to help construction companies ensure their scaffolding meets health and safety requirements has received support from Invest NI.

Alta Scaffolding Solutions in Newry is a mobile scaffolding plank testing company which has been devised Paul and Rosaleen McCann.

The husband and wife team have invested over £100,000 of their own money in the venture and have received £30,000 from Invest NI.

The duo, with significant management experience within construction, have employed a business development manager and plan to employ a further five staff.

All new scaffolding planks used within the UK and Ireland must be tested to BS 2482:2009. The mobile service involves Alta Scaffolding Solutions taking the test equipment to the customer's place of work to carry out testing.

The company also intend to introduce a scaffolding repair service to coincide with the plank testing service.

Manager of Invest NI's southern regional office Mark Bleakney said: "This is an innovative business idea that has substantial export potential, particularly in the Republic of Ireland market."