There is still some confusion concerning the use of semi-automatic quick couplers across Europe. To help clarify the situation, particularly in the UK, the Construction Equipment Association has issued some new guidance.
Manlift Group, the largest access rental company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has become a fully certified International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training centre, offering IPAF-certified operator training.
An increasing number of women are operating aerial platforms and with that comes a demand for a more female friendly harness. IPAF (the International Powered Access Federation) has called for a radical re-examination of harnesses used by female operators of boom-type MEWPs (mobile elevating work platforms) and announced a competition to find the best new design.
In the last couple of years the welfare of those working with cranes has become a much higher profile concern around the world. Euan Youdale rounds up some of the actions that regulators and crane companies are taking to make the industry safer