Europe to get new standard on transport platforms

22 August 2008

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is drafting a new standard for transport platforms in Europe. Its Transport Platform Working Group (TPWG) of the International Mast Climbing Work Platform Committee has elected a task force to lead the effort.

IPAF said that current European guidelines do not fully cover transport platform design and use. Also, guidelines specifically on transport platforms exist in only some EU countries. IPAF thinks that guidance should be comprehensive, harmonised, and expanded across the continent.

At its last meeting in July, the TPWG analysed several guidelines on transport platforms, including the US ANSI A92.10 standard and Italian and UK guidance documents.

IPAF invites all manufacturers and users to participate in the work of the TPWG. Those interested should contact the chairman, Ernst van Hek of Hek Manufacturing, or the convenor, IPAF's Romina Vanzi, on mcwp@ipaf.org.

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