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IPAF members key part of supply chain during latest lockdown

Powered access operations remain a vital part of construction, facilities, processing and maintenance supply chains


January 6, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada

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The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has assured its members and the wider industry that powered access operations remain a vital part of, facilities, processing and logistics supply chains, and as such companies should continue to operate during the latest national lockdown, in line with safety guidance.

“During the first lockdown last year, IPAF successfully lobbied the UK Government, Build UK and the UK HSE to secure important guidance and assurances that our members provide a vital means of safe work at height on construction sites and in maintenance, logistics and processing tasks, and as such their operatives were exempt from the stay at home advice,” said Peter Douglas, CEO of IPAF. “IPAF has worked hard to develop its own safety best practice guidance to ensure day-to-day operations, operator training and back-office functions may continue without companies needing to close their doors.

Faith Cobaine, IPAF marketing and membership manager at the IPAF booth at CONEXPO/CON-AGG. Photo: Jay Koblun

IPAF’s Training Centre network in the UK remains open for business, and can now offer the widest possible range of eLearning and remote instructor-led courses to suit candidates’ needs while maintaining best safety practice and social distancing.

“All of the safety guidance we have issued since the pandemic began is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. IPAF members and PAL Card holders can be reassured they can continue to travel to work and to access Build UK sites; likewise IPAF Training Centres are able to continue to assist new candidates and existing PAL Card holders requiring new category or renewal training.”

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