Powered Access-Focused Agenda Announced for July’s SAF-T Conference

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The schedule for the SAF-T Conference is taking shape, offering a variety of thought-provoking topics centered around safely using powered access, developing fall protection programs, and training access platform users through an array of technologies. Hosted by Maximum Capacity Media on July 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn., the live powered access safety event will take place in conjunction with the Scaffold & Access Industry Association’s Annual Convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.


“Now in its sixth year, the SAF-T Conference has been held as a live event and as a web conference, providing information to thousands on the safe use of access platforms in North America,” said Guy Ramsey, president of Maximum Capacity Media and publisher of Lift and Access, official publication of the SAF-T Conference. “With presentations centered on the theme ‘Safety through Technology,’ operators, fleet managers, safety professionals, and equipment owners will learn the benefits of online training, interactive safety tools, and more at the SAF-T Conference this July.”


Joining the agenda is Mike Willliamsen, Ph.D., CSP senior safety consultant for Caterpillar Safety Services. Discussing the value of near-miss reporting, Williamsen’s presentation will review one of the most interactive safety tools to eliminate injuries. It will detail how individuals work together to solve close-call problems that put all employees at risk.


Other presenters at the SAF-T Conference include Jim Dorris, vice president of environmental, health and safety at United Rentals, who will kick off the day with the Opening Session focused on safety obtained through innovation and technology. Jeff Stachowiak, national safety training director at Sunbelt Rentals, will moderate a roundtable of major contractors and lead a discussion on working at heights with powered access equipment, and William Cochran, director of OSHA’s Nashville office, will share the impact of fall prevention campaigns. Another roundtable on online powered access training and familiarization, led by United Rentals, will take place at the conference, and Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack will wrap up the day, showing safe movement of equipment on jobsites.


In other news, Skyjack, Guelph, Ontario, has agreed to be the Platinum Sponsor for the SAF-T Conference, and United Rentals has signed on as the Gold Sponsor.


Look for more updates on www.saf-tconference.com.


Preliminary Agenda


8:30 a.m. —Opening Session

Safety through Innovation and Technology

Jim Dorris, United Rentals


9:15 a.m. —Fall Protection

What is the Impact of the Fall Prevention Campaign?

William Cochran, OSHA


10:30 a.m. —Break


10:45 a.m. —Aerial Work Platforms

Online Training Evolution, Opportunities, and Concerns, Plus Familiarization: Is it Making Things Safer or Just Reducing Service Calls? 

Roundtable Moderated by United Rentals


12:00 p.m. —Lunch Break


12:45 p.m. —Aerial Work Platforms

Working at Height: A Contractor’s Perspective

Roundtable Moderated by Jeff Stachowiak, Sunbelt Rentals


2:15 p.m.—Technology Tools

Near-Miss Reporting: The Missing Link of the Safety Culture Revolution

Mike Wiliamsen, Caterpillar Safety Services


3:15 p.m.—Aerial Work Platforms

Safe Movement of Equipment on Jobsites

Brad Boehler, Skyjack