Safety at height

02 May 2008

Working at height is a common requirement on many of today's demolition sites and requires the use of well-trained workers using the appropriate equipment. This September will see a major exhibition taking place that will provide demolition specialists with the detailed knowledge they need to ensure that their workers are safe, including the latest aerial work platforms on show from all the world's major access equipment suppliers and expert guidance on the latest European directives on temporary work at height.

Companies booked for the APEX exhibition and conference include major players such as JLG Industries, Skyjack, PinguelyHaulotte, Genie Industries, Bronto, Manitou, Iteco, Anton Ruthmann and Wumag. These and the other exhibitors will present the entire range of available access equipment, including self-propelled scissor lifts, booms, push-around vertical mast machines, mast climbers, suspended platforms, trailer mounted platforms and vehicle mounted units.

The free APEX conference - which will take place on Thursday 22 September, the first day of the show - focuses on the European Temporary Work at Height Directive. This Directive, enacted in European Union countries on 19 July last year - and with an optional two year transitional period - requires employers and self-employed workers to carry out a risk assessment before undertaking work at height and to use appropriate access equipment.

Speakers will describe in detail the requirements of the directive and how companies can ensure that they comply with the regulations (see Box Story). Topics to be covered include:

How to work safely at height.

Guide to the access equipment available and costs.

Case studies showing how end-users have adopted access equipment and increased safety and improved productivity.

The importance of operator training, and where to get it.

The conference will also include topics addressing the needs of access rental companies who represent the single largest buying group in the industry.

How to work safely at height.

Guide to the access equipment available and costs.

Case studies showing how end-users have adopted access equipment and increased safety and improved productivity.

The importance of operator training, and where to get it.

The conference will also include topics addressing the needs of access rental companies who represent the single largest buying group in the industry.

RentEX 2005

APEX takes place alongside the RentEX exhibition and conference, which is an event targeted at equipment rental companies. Visitors to APEX will have access to RentEX with no additional entrance fee.

The show includes a free Rental Conference with high profile speakers (including the president of Loxam in France) offering views on the future of the industry, advice on rental management, and presentations on the latest asset management technologies.

The show is for rental and hire company managers, equipment buyers and owners, with a wide selection of equipment exhibitors, including construction machinery, access equipment, power tools, site equipment, generators and other rental tools. Also exhibiting will be suppliers of specialist rental services such as asset management technology and software suppliers.

The free RentEX conference, which is organised by the event's official sponsoring magazine, European Rental News, takes place on the second day of the show (Friday 23 Sept), and will include the following presentations:

Gerard Deprez, president of Loxam, one of Europe's biggest equipment rental companies. Gives the Keynote Address.

Freek Nijdam, chairman of RSC in the USA (the world's second largest equipment rental company) on the latest trends in rental management.

Dan Kaplan, the renowned rental consultant, will report on how the world's equipment rental is evolving, including a review of the current European market.

IT Systems: Case Studies from A-Plant in the UK and Cramo in Sweden on how they are using IT to better manage their rental businesses.

Asset tracking: how RFID (radio frequency identification) technology can help your business.

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