IPAF To Make AWP Safety Demonstrations at ConExpo

Demonstrations on aerial work platform safety will take place during ConExpo, March 22-26, 2011 in Las Vegas. Representatives from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) will use dynamic demonstrations with live machines to show visitors to the Lift Safety Zone, located in the Silver Lot, how to assess ground conditions and take appropriate safety measures when using aerial work platforms.

“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.

IPAF will hold a series of meetings during ConExpo. Go to www.ipaf.org/events for details. Representatives of the Crane Certification Association of America (CCAA) and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) will also be available in the Lift Safety Zone to answer questions about cranes and crane safety.