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The global Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) rental market is booming, with the sector once again outstripping wider construction and sustained recovery in places such as Spain and Brazil that suffered during economic downturns, according to the latest market analysis from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).
Before a crowd of access industry and safety experts attending the IPAF Summit/IAPAs in Miami, Edmonton-based Serious Labs, a provider of virtual reality (VR) solutions for training and operations of heavy equipment such as cranes and aerial boom lifts, launched its new Aerial Virtual Reality Training Simulator. The simulator combines Serious Labs' new scissor lift modules with its boom lift modules to provide a comprehensive aerial operator training solution for the rental industry.
IPAF is introducing state-of-the-art online training modules called New Generation eLearning, one of two major components required in compliant operator training. The self-paced, interactive and dynamic aerial operator training modules are currently available in English or Spanish for free until December 31st, 2016 to anyone in the United States or Canada. The modules are ideal for anyone wanting to participate in aerial operator training, or for existing operators who simply want to refresh their knowledge. You can sign up for the free eLearning modules at www.ipaf.com/safeMEWPs
IPAF has launched its new, enhanced eLearning module as part of its full training program for American and Canadian operators of aerial work platforms (AWPs), also known as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The launch follows two years of trials and further development and testing. IPAF has now unveiled a high quality eLearning module that delivers flexibility and interactive tools, with the same emphasis on practical training.
Imagine a work environment where smart vests can communicate with aerial work platforms (AWPs) to warn operators that their harness lanyards are not connected to the anchor points. Or picture a world where smart machines equipped with sensors can contribute to collision avoidance and detection.
IPAF will feature a dynamic display at the Lift Safety Zone in the Gold Lot #1817 at CONEXPOfrom March 4 to 8, 2014 in Las Vegas.
In compliance with ANSI standards, operators of aerial work platforms (AWPs) must perform pre-start inspections of machines before use each day or at the beginning of each shift. AWPT (American Work Platform Training), the North American subsidiary of IPAF, has now released a new safety video that demonstrates how daily pre-start inspections should be performed.
Rental revenues for aerial work platforms (AWPs) in the US decreased slightly in 2010 (-4%) and totaled approximately $5.7 billion, but an upturn is expected for 2011 (+5%) and even stronger growth in 2012 (+11%), according to the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) US Powered Access Rental Report 2011.