International Fall Protection Symposium Set this Month

The 2010 International Fall Protection Symposium (IFPS), hosted by the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP) in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), will be held June 16-17, in Baltimore, Md. The event will take place in conjunction with the ASSE’s Safety 2010 Professional Development Conference & Exposition.

IFPS 2010 provides an international, multi-disciplinary platform for safety practitioners, regulators and scholars to connect and exchange information about new and emerging fall protection issues. The symposium will highlight studies intended to propel global fall protection efforts and reduce preventable fall accidents.

This year, the event is organized around the theme of Progress through Collaboration and will focus on fall accidents as a subject of global concern. Expert presentations and panel discussions cover a wide range of fall protection topics including engineered system design, models for fall arrest testing and industrial rope access techniques, to name a few.

Featured speakers include Andrew Sulowski, Sulowski Fall Protection, Canada, who will present on “Risk matrix - fall protection;” Jeffrey Stachowiak, Sunbelt Rentals and the Scaffold Industry Association, on "Preventing a catapulting event in an aerial work platform;” Randall Wingfield, Gravitec Systems, Inc., on “A comprehensive study on the use and performance of y-lanyards;” Thom Kramer and Rupert Noton, LJB Inc., on “Horizontal lifelines: Component testing and user instructions;” Greg Small, High Engineering Corp., on “Adjusting fall arrest clearance for actual worker weight, free fall and PEA force;” Bruce Simms and John Whitty, ITAC Fall Protection Services, on “Temporary anchorages: Does the end user understand them;” and Peter Ferguson, ARAA/First Access Pty Ltd., and David Bell, ARAA/DBC, Australia; Loui McCurley, SPRAT, on “Rope access and its place in the harness-based working at heights industry.”