IPAF Training – Wearing harnesses at height with MEWPs

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”

Plans to introduce IPAF training online | e-learning

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.

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Two great days at Genie UK

On the 3rd September, I took the opportunity to attend a 2 day Product Training Course at Genie UK in Grantham.  Also in attendance were 3 of my colleagues – Gary Whittaker, Ben Povey, and our new recruit to the Sales Team Toni Corcoran.

It was certainly an interesting couple of days, as I haven’t had much hands-on experience with Genie equipment in the past.  It was useful to see how they differ from other manufacturers, and the vast range that Genie manufacture is incredible – anything from 15ft right up to 135ft!

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