North American aerial work platform manufacturers and rental companies met November 11 to discuss aerial work platform operator training. The International Powered Access Federation convened the meeting and acted as secretary for the group.
The meeting was prompted by a keynote address given at the
APEX conference, in September, which discussed the need for some form of
standardized training for AWP operators and called for action by manufacturers
to promote standardized training as the surest way of minimizing the risk of
accidents. The purpose of the November meeting was to discuss how operator
training standards can be raised and to investigate whether it is possible to
agree on minimum standards of operator training.
Participants reviewed current national and international
regulations and standards, heard how other industries address training, and
discussed different aspects of training. During discussions, the group
uncovered multiple issues that need to be analyzed and researched before any
recommendations can be made. Included among those issues was a review of the
activities of other trade associations, governmental bodies, unions and others
involved in AWP operator training and benchmarking “best practices.”
IPAF agreed to facilitate future meetings and, along with
volunteers from the group, work on the research requested. The group agreed to
meet again during The Rental Show in Atlanta,
March 2009, to review the additional information.