Lift Safety Zone Provides Expert Advice

Fri January 14, 2011 - National Edition

Anyone working with aerial work platforms (AWPs) or cranes should visit the Lift Safety Zone in the Silver Lot at ConExpo for expert advice on safe operation.

At the Lift Safety Zone, expert representatives from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) will be on hand to answer questions with the help of live machine demonstrations and the latest in simulator technology.

IPAF will be using dynamic demonstrations to show visitors how to assess ground conditions and take appropriate safety measures when using aerials.

“Safety is our priority and should be the priority of all those operating and managing AWPs,” said Tony Groat, executive vice-president of AWPT (American Work Platform Training), the North American subsidiary of IPAF.

“One of the potential hazards associated with AWPs is tip-overs and inadequate ground support is one of the causes. We want to raise awareness of the weight imposed by AWPs that must be addressed to ensure adequate ground support.”

The IPAF demonstration will take the theme of “How much does the lift weigh? Is your machine on solid ground?” It will show how the ground pressure varies when the lift is in different positions and highlight what can be done to provide appropriate ground support.

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