Click It! with IPAF and AWPT at CONEXPO

07 May 2008

The IPAF Safety Zone at CONEXPO (Booth SZ1000, Green Lot) will feature a dynamic demonstration on the dangers of not wearing a harness in boom type platforms. This 15-minute show will run at regular intervals throughout the day and give practical advice on the correct way to use a harness. Show times are: 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

The IPAF Safety Zone covers nearly 10,000 square feet (about 850 square metres) and has been made possible with support from the CONEXPO organisers. The display will feature a range of aerial equipment supplied by IPAF members exhibiting at the show.

“We much appreciate the support of the organisers in making this happen,” said Tim Whiteman, AWPT president and IPAF managing director. “It is frustrating when people are unnecessarily killed or injured while using boom type platforms because they don't wear harnesses. The demonstration will show in a vivid way the dangers of being thrown or catapulted from the platform if it is hit by another piece of equipment or is affected by ground subsidence.”

The live demonstration is part of AWPT's Click It! safety campaign that calls on users of boom type platforms to wear a full body harness with a short lanyard attached to a suitable anchor point. This advice is outlined in Technical Guidance Note AWPT H1, which explains when and how to wear harnesses and lanyards on different types of aerial platforms (available at www.awpt.org).

With the Click It! campaign, thousands of stickers in six languages have been printed for distribution. The stickers remind and encourage people to wear a harness and can be placed on boom type platforms where all occupants in the platform can see them. The programme is endorsed by the Scaffold Industry Association, as well as many aerial equipment manufacturers and rental companies around the world.

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