IPAF Training – The Do’s and Don’ts when using access platforms

By Ian Moorhouse, IPAF Instructor

Access platforms are a safe and trusted tool for work at height – no matter what your industry. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, fitting out a shop, doing reactive maintenance work, or stretching to the tricky bits for commercial cleaning, MEWP hire is a versatile solution for your needs. However, as with any piece of machinery, you need to be trained and familiarised with the specific model before you press go. So, don’t ignore the risks and make sure that you always play it safe when planning work at height.

The Health & Safety at Work Act (HASWA) states that your employer must make sure that you’re properly trained before operating a MEWP.

With this in mind, if you’re using scissor lifts and cherry pickers you can become certified on an IPAF course within the day. Our IPAF training experts are on hand to help get you up to speed on the latest industry advice.

So, if you choose to do the 3a & 3b operator course, then here are some of the takeaways for do’s and don’ts when using access platforms:

A graph detailing the Do's and Don'ts when using accessed platforms.

It’s vital you know how to operate an access platform correctly before work starts, so make sure you get the IPAF training that you need, do the do’s and avoid the don’ts to keep you safe at height.

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IPAF Training – Duty Calls: Your Responsibilities for Work at Height

By Damian Edge, IPAF Instructor

Using a MEWP can put you at risk, there’s no doubt about it. Though, under the correct conditions elevated platforms are a safe and reliable method for providing temporary height during indoor and outdoor work. You have a duty – as an employer and operative – to ensure your working environment meets legal regulations for safeguarding life-saving practice. So, with expert IPAF training and a sound knowledge of your responsibilities for work at height you can stay safe on site. Read more “IPAF Training – Duty Calls: Your Responsibilities for Work at Height”

Cherry pickers raise the roof at Download Festival

 

Horizon cherry pickers rocking it up at the Download Festival

By Vicki Crowe, Horizon Platforms Account manager

I’ve never been to the famous Download Festival at Donington Park, but I’m proud to say that some of our cherry pickers made their debut there this year!

Download – the UK’s increasingly popular five-day rock festival – took place over a long June weekend with well-known headliners, Slipknot, Muse and Kiss taking to the stage on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Read more “Cherry pickers raise the roof at Download Festival”

Horizon plays its part in the creation of the Airbus A350

Horizon plays its part in the creation of the Airbus A350

By Vicki Crowe, Account Manager for Horizon Platforms

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There is no doubt that the whole is generally greater than the sum of its parts – especially when it comes to the creation of something as awe-inspiring as the Airbus A350 – but I do think it’s important sometimes to pause and reflect on just how many different ‘parts’ – both people and machines – are involved in the creation of the finished product.

Horizon Platforms is just one of hundreds of companies involved in helping Airbus create its latest, greenest and most advanced aircraft – the A350 XWB.

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Why keeping Westfield Bradford on track is crucial

When you take its history into account, it’s vital that progress on the £260m Westfield Shopping Centre development in Bradford City Centre stays on track and on budget. This is, of course, true for any building project, but none more so than in the case of Westfield Bradford.

The impact of recession hit the Bradford development hard. With its well-publicised delays, “gaping hole in the ground” headlines and problems securing tenants, the project and its developers experienced a rocky ride to say the least. Thankfully, the tide has now turned.

A full decade after demolition of buildings on this prime city centre retail site first started, building work began – as did the involvement of Horizon Platforms with the project.

Why quality work at height platforms and reliable delivery is key

Since January 2014, excellent progress has been made on the 550,000 sq ft two-level mall. Steelworks are in place, cladding is going up, floors are being laid and the roof is on. Read more “Why keeping Westfield Bradford on track is crucial”