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MCWP becomes fourth sustaining member of IPAF


February 2, 2021
By Crane & Hoist Canada

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

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) welcomed Alimak Group, the global mast-climbing work platform (MCWP) and construction hoist (passenger, goods, transport platforms) manufacturer, as its fourth Sustaining Member.

With headquarters located in Stockholm, Sweden, and no fewer than 26 subsidiary companies and a presence in more than 20 countries worldwide, including Canada, all of the Alimak Group are now members of IPAF following discussions and an agreement to sign up to the Sustaining Member category during 2020. Alimak Group joins Haulotte, APEX and Henderson Insurance Brokers, part of AON Group, as Sustaining Members of the federation.

“Alimak has long been a very active member supporting IPAF in the development of training courses and safety campaigns, especially from the UK branch, as well as being members of the MCWP, lift & hoist dedicated work group,” said Angel Ibañez, IPAF’s global representative for MCWPs and related products.”

“In the past five years, IPAF has intensified its activity in the realm of MCWPs and hoists and has expanded its involvement in developing training and standards for the sector, so to have Alimak Group on board as a sustaining member will be excellent as it will allow us to tap into the company’s expertise and global presence to help promote quality training and safety best practice regarding MCWPs and hoists worldwide.”

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Sustaining Member is a relatively new category of IPAF membership designed to recognise and sustain IPAF’s strategic initiatives and overall contribution to improving safety and productivity in powered access worldwide.

“The past year has shown us how important it is to work together for the collective benefit of our industry, and the value that IPAF can offer as a key point of reference for vital safety and technical advice, advocacy when developing new standards or dealing with government bodies, and offering business intelligence to our members and the wider industry,” said Peter Douglas, CEO and MD of IPAF.

“IPAF would of course not exist without our members and we could not progress our strategic objectives without them, including improving global incident reporting and developing our training programme and safety and technical materials in response to what accident data is telling us. We are very grateful that Alimak Group has decided to join Haulotte, APEX and Henderson Insurance in recognising this and committing to sustaining the work we do now and in the future.”