The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has hit upon a colourful way of telling show visitors about its key safety message. Artists equipped with cans of spray paint will be helping put across how important it is to ‘spread the load’.
The artists will work from mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) to paint a giant canvas as part of IPAF’s campaign to stress what can be done to prevent unnecessary accidents that cause some fatalities each year. Before taking to the MEWPs, the artists will be fully trained so that each achieves an operator’s licence.
IPAF’s ‘Spread the load’ campaign calls for the proper assessment of ground conditions when using MEWPs and the correct use of stabilisers, outriggers and spreader plates. As part of ‘Spread the load’, IPAF has developed a safety walkthrough to encourage users to think about the issues to be considered.
A record number of 101,457 people completed an IPAF training course in 2011. IPAF issued a record 97,488 Powered Access License (PAL) Cards worldwide through its approved training centre in 2011, an increase of about 13.9% over the 85,605 cards issued in 2010.
At INTERMAT, IPAF will also feature its worldwide campaign to collate reports on all known MEWP accidents or incidents. The work is taking place as part of IPAF’s recently launched incident database, which involves systematic collection of worldwide data with the aim of improving the safe use of equipment.
Also on hand at the IPAF stand will be a full range of technical guidance, videos, stickers and posters. The latest market report will be available at a special price for visitors.
IPAF will hold several events during INTERMAT, including the IPAF manufacturers’ technical committee meeting on 20 April.