IPAF to Hold Regional Conference in Houston on May 5 | Construction News

The North American council of the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) will hold a one-day regional conference in Houston, Texas, on May 5, 2015.

The conference runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with registration starting at 9:30 a.m.

It is being held in conjunction with the Houston Area Safety Council, and will take place at the HASC’s facility, 5213 Center St., Pasadena, Texas, 77505. It is open to anyone who wants to attend. The cost of $50 per person includes lunch.

The meeting is designed to help educate owners, renters, and users about the safe use of powered access equipment, as well as related topics that can help AWP-related companies improve their overall performance, for example how functional assessments can help lower compensation liability.

The current list of topics includes:

  • Fall Protection as it Relates to AWPs – Why?   Presented by Gary Riley, Safety Education Representative, NES Rentals and IPAF Senior Instructor
  • Industry Standards Update   Presented by Tony Groat, Managing Director IPAF North America
  • The Right Lift for the Right Job – Compact Aerial Equipment   Presented by Ebbe Christensen, CEO of ReachMaster
  •  Round Table Discussions
  • Using Technology to Make Your Workplace Safer \PPresented by Marc Tedeschi, Insphire
  • Lower Your Workers Comp Liability through Electro-diagnostic Functional Assessments   Presented by Jennifer Davis, Emerge Diagnostics
  • What’s Your Problem?   A panel of industry experts will answer questions from the audience about challenges in working with AWPs   

 To register in advance, contact the IPAF North America office at 800 Roosevelt Rd., Bldg C-312, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 60137, email rick.church@ipaf.org, or call 630 942 6583.

According to Rick Church, of IPAF North America, “These regional conferences make it more convenient and economical for equipment users to get vital information without having to travel far. That's why we're choosing larger metropolitan areas that are easy to get to, like Houston.”

The Houston conference is the second in IPAF’s series of regional events. The first one took place in Chicago in late January.

More conferences are being tentatively planned for later in the year, but locations and dates have not been announced.