The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the beating heart of the powered access industry. Since its formation in 1983, this not-for-profit organisation has been at the forefront of worldwide platform safety, from creating recognised training programmes to their involvement with the implementation of legislation.Read more “Top IPAF Training Resources For 2020”
By Ian Moorhouse, IPAF Instructor
Work at height should never be taken lightly, as there’s the potential for heavy consequences if you use a MEWP without taking the necessary precautions. In IPAF training – such as the 3a & 3b course for boom and scissor lifts – it’s important you learn how to recognise hazards to ensure your operator’s safety. Whether that’s assessing your ground conditions, preparing for work near overhead power lines, or ensuring you have the correct PPE – including harnesses, preparing for an emergency or machine malfunction is critical to your work at height. Read more “IPAF Training – Make sure you’re in safe hands with a MEWP rescue plan”
By Damian Edge, IPAF Instructor
Working at height with a MEWP is secure and reliable – but only if you put your safety first and follow the necessary precautions. While there’s no legal requirement for wearing harnesses at height, they’re strongly recommended – particularly for boom lift operators – to help protect you from fatal falls.
If your platform swings, jolts, or tilts unexpectedly away from your machine’s centre of gravity your operator can suffer whiplash or even be flung from the basket. And the higher you are, the faster you’ll be thrown. Read more “IPAF Training – Wearing harnesses at height with MEWPs”
By Matt Fray, Senior Account Manager
If you’re performing temporary work at height, using a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) is safe, versatile, and reliable. That being said, as ever, your safety is entirely dependent on the way you handle the machine – and making sure you take care to check your facts and get the right IPAF training before you power up. Read more “Play it safe when working near overhead power lines”
Cautious welcome for IPAF training online – but more details needed
By Ben Hirst, Managing Director
Moves to introduce an IPAF training module online could prove a real boost to safe work at height practices as long as safety – not profit – is the driving force behind the planned changes.
If an e-learning option from IPAF means customers get more time for the practical elements of MEWPS training – the hands-on, up in the air, learn as you do bits – and more rigorous, flexible and convenient training that improves site safety, then it’s a no-brainer.