Many users and owners of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs, formerly known as AWPs) believe that operator training is the ultimate goal of a safe-use program. They think that when personnel complete operator training, they immediately know everything required to ensure safe MEWP operations. In fact, operator training is now clearly identified as only one component in a comprehensive MEWP-specific safe-use program, which is the fundamental responsibility of the new ANSI A92.22 Safe Use standard, which goes into effect this December.
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At the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) INNOVATE event in Chicago , Edmonton-based Serious Labs, a leader in virtual reality (VR) solutions for training and operations of heavy equipment such as cranes and aerial boom lifts, announced it is working in conjunction with IPAF to develop PAL+ VR training modules. PAL+ training, which can be completed for the first time on a VR simulator, tests existing Powered Access Licensed-Registration (PAL) Card holders at a more advanced level than required for the PAL Card operator license. Completion of the course will also renew a PAL Card holder's license for another five years. IPAF's PAL Cards are recognized worldwide as proof of the highest standard in Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) operator training.
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is launching an evolved version of its globally recognized MEWPs for Managers training. The course is aimed at those who plan, supervise or manage temporary work at height using powered access and can assure compliance with new requirements for supervisor training in the new ANSI A92 suite of standards in the US. The course will also be available for the first time as a standalone eLearning version.
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) will officially launch its 2019 global safety campaign at the giant bauma construction equipment showcase near Munich, Germany, 8–14 April 2019. This is an ideal opportunity to engage the European industry and promote safer use of MEWPs.
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.
A global consultation is to be launched by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to establish the possibilities for powered access training and safety guidance afforded by new technology such as virtual reality and platform simulators.
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.
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has won two prestigious awards for a safety video and a training kit that it produced with the aim of promoting best practice in the use of powered access equipment.