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Here today, gone tomorrow
Is the access industry doing enough to attract the talented engineers it needs to sustain competitive advantage? Paul Adorian managing director of Powered Access Certification Ltd (PAC) challenges the market to invest in the future.
MSA fall protection gear when you need it.
US fall protection equipment manufacturer, MSA, has a "Need it NOW!" delivery program designed to get products to customers in a hurry.
Safety Model: computer simulation helps designers and manufacturers
Skyjack and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are partners in a multi–year study using computer simulation to better understand safety issues of scissor platforms. Central to the effort is mathematically modeling the behavior of a 19–foot working height scissor platform under a variety of working conditions. Researchers will use the model to predict real–world behavior.
United changes harness policy
The world's biggest owner of aerial platforms, United Rentals, has modified its position on the wearing of full body harnesses when using scissor platforms, senior risk control manager Kevin Hernon (pictured right) tells ALH.
Training To Succeed: aerial platform operator training
Brad Boehler of Skyjack says proper aerial platform operator training needs to include both theoretical and practical sessions, and it can't be done in under two hours with 20 trainees in the class.
High times for low-level
Even falls from modest heights can be extremely dangerous, which is what is fueling the surge in new products providing safe low-level access. Patrick Hill reports for Scaffolding International.
JLG joins IPAF's CAP programme for thorough examinations
JLG Industries (UK) Ltd in Manchester is the newest addition to the select list of IPAF-approved centres who offer the Competent Assessed Person (CAP) programme in the UK.
Trico Celebrates Accident-Free Year
US aerial lift rental company, Trico Lift, reported an accident free 2007.
Getting a PAL
With half a million valid PAL Cards in circulation and 70000 new cards issued this year, we give a personal viewpont of becoming a PAL Card holder.
Live demonstrations at ConExpo
The IPAF Safety Zone at ConExpo will feature a dynamic demonstration on the dangers of not wearing a harness in boom type platforms.
First IPAF training centre in Asia
BS Technology Pte Ltd in Singapore has become the first IPAF-approved training centre in Asia.
AFI-Uplift takes on CAP
With the purchase of Central Access, AFI-Uplift is now able to offer CAP Competent Assessed Person assessments in the UK.
Italian lift accident highlights safety
The collapse of a 35 m truck mounted platform that killed two bystanders and injured three workers in Sorrento, Italy has highlighted irresponsible use of access equipment and could lead to more rigorous platform inspections in the country.
Wear a harness!
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) – the trade body that represents access equipment manufacturers, owners and users – has launched a global campaign to encourage operators to wear body harnesses when working in boom-type platforms (self-propelled booms, truck mounted platforms and trailer-mounted units.)
Aerials harness developed in US
US harness manufacturers have proposed a new restraint system designed specifically to prevent operators from being catapulted from boom-type platforms. The system comprises an adjustable, non-energy absorbing lanyard shortened to about 3.5 ft(1 m) and anchored at the base of the platform.
Mixing it up
Mixing scaffold components is an age–old issue, and becoming more so with the increasing influx of cheaper products from Asia. Patrick Hill talks to scaffold manufacturers and users in Europe and North America about the dangers of mixing.
ISEA proposes new aerial lift harness
US harness manufacturers have proposed a new restraint system designed specifically to prevent operators from being catapulted from boom-type aerial platforms. The system comprises an adjustable, non-energy absorbing lanyard shortened to about 3.5 feet and anchored at the base of the platform.
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