Experts give life-saving tips

24 April 2008

A prototype of Thomas Sawitzky's parachute system to enable escape from an endangered platform.

A prototype of Thomas Sawitzky's parachute system to enable escape from an endangered platform.

More than 120 delegates attended TABS, the first German-language event dedicated to platform safety on 13 June in Frankfurt. TABS, short for Tag der Arbeitsbühnensicherheit (platform safety day), was jointly organised by IPAF and a German publication.

The conference saw a significant number of representatives from safety bodies attending, such as the German Berufsgenossenschaften and the Swiss Suva.

Speakers covered topics such as the legal pitfalls to watch for in workplace accidents, the need for training, machine inspections, and the correct use of harnesses, stabilisers and outriggers.

The event ended with a demonstration of a new prototype: a parachute system designed, on the one hand, as a harness to protect against accidental exit from a platform, and on the other hand, to enable an alternative form of escape from a platform in case of a tip over.

“We were very happy with the good turnout and the high quality of the presentations,” said Tim Whiteman, Managing Director of IPAF. “Responses from the delegates were positive, which gives us a strong incentive to make TABS an annual event aimed at promoting safety in the German-speaking powered access world. I am sure that the delegates took home valuable information on platform use that will save lives.” More at

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