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Work platform standards advance for design and safe use
The movement towards standards for safe design and use of mast climbing work platforms seems to be accelerating, as well as benefiting from the industry's international orientation and history. Access International reports.
Mandatory training
In light of the recent high incidence of crane-related accidents across the US, construction contractor Flintco, Inc. has a mandatory training programme for all its employees serving as signal persons and riggers
NASC says "whistle blow" on bad practice
The UK's National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) is encouraging its members to anonymously "whistle blow" on principal contractors who continue to opt for non-regulated scaffolding companies.
HSE reports on Liverpool tower crane collapse
The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reported on the 2007 Liverpool tower crane accident and written to crane rental and supply companies in Great Britain about it
Training vs familiarization
In an industry where trained aerial platform operators are a must, a 1999 ANSI standard on familiarization is making head waves
US gets safety guidelines for mast climbers
Safe use guidelines for users of MCWPs (mast climbing work platforms) in the US have been prepared by IPAF and Kevin O'Shea of Mastclimbers LLC with input from a number of interested organisations.
OSHA would welcome US mast climber standard
OSHA, the US government health and safety body, has advised the US mast climbing industry to develop its own standard for the design and use of mast climbing work platforms.
Key to US growth
Kevin O'Shea, who leads the training activities of Mastclimbers LLC in Atlanta, Georgia, US, draws parallels in the US mast climbing market to that of the UK 10 to 12 years ago. "We have a weak design standard coupled with weak regulation for implementation. Unregulated use is dangerous," he tells AI.
IPAF concerned that Balfour Beatty has misinterpreted trapping accident statement.
Having participated in a working group which focused on trapping accidents, Balfour Beatty has issued a document about the procurement and operation of MEWPs (mobile elevated work platforms) which IPAF (International Federation of Powered Access) feels is misleading.
Quake puts spotlight on building code compliance
Concerns are being raised that building codes are not being followed in China, following Monday’s devastating earthquake in Sichuan Province. The number of buildings that collapsed, particularly schools, has raised the question of whether they were built to withstand earthquakes, as specified in building codes.
The ticking clock of conformity
The next few years will see a significant impact of regulatory requirements on access equipment. Tim Watson, Technical Director at Powered Access Certification Ltd, explains the impact on manufacturers.
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.
Lobbying
One of the biggest challenges for the European Rental Association (ERA) is to represent the industry in Brussels, having a positive influence on new European Union regulations and legislation that will have an impact on the rental sector. What has the association been doing?
Crunch time
New waste management and recycling regulations in Europe will force contractors to take a new approach to managing waste materials on sites, and provide rental companies with a new opportunity, as Marcus Clay, managing director of Digbits, explains.
Brazil beckons
If you want to know where the big potential access markets are, you could do worse than follow RIWAL. The Netherlands companyis targeting Brazil and at the vanguard of its new enterprise in Curitiba, is Jim Röest, newly arrived from his previous base in Europe.
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.
Bribe admission
A former executive with US pipeline contractor Willbros Group has pleaded guilty to charges of corruption. Jason Steph admitted to a court in Texas, US that he was involved in paying bribes of more than US$ 6 million to help win work in Nigeria.
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