The International Powered Access Federation will host a safety program at this year’s Intermat construction show in Paris. The program is aimed at users of aerial work platforms, while Job Access will be the focus of the IPAF stand E5 J 020 in the outdoor area.
Visitors will see platforms in action, including
demonstrations to illustrate the dangers of not wearing a full body harness when
operating a boom-type mobile elevating work platform, using a real-weight dummy
on a specially modified Skyjack boom. The large demonstration area has been made
possible by the Intermat organizers, in line with their theme of encouraging
youth and building the future.
IPAF is also developing an engineering
apprenticeship designed to lead to a “technician” level qualification. Roger
Bowden, chairman of Niftylift and chairman of IPAF’s Manufacturers’ Technical
Committee, is reviewing the draft syllabus - this with the aim of raising
awareness among young people of the powered access industry as a potential
Schools interested in sending young people should register
online at POSITION DESCRIPTIONwww.ipaf.org/jobaccess. They will then be given login details to complete a
questionnaire. Suitable groups will be sent to the Intermat show to attend a
lecture at the IPAF stand and gain practical experience of operating a platform.
The 50-minute lecture will give an introduction to the powered access
industry - history, development of equipment, use of equipment, main employers
in the industry (manufacturers, rental companies), main areas of employment
(hydraulics, electronics, engineering, hire desk, etc.), safe operation and
training. A small display on the history of the powered access industry will be