Lift and Access magazine, published by Maximum Capacity Media, Fort Dodge, Iowa, hosted its third annual Safe Access, Fall Protection & Training (SAF-T) Conference last week, presenting the event for the first time as a webinar. The online event, held Dec. 10, extended the conference’s reach to a national level.
Nine speakers shared their safety expertise during the eight presentations, which covered topics including training, aerial work platform maintenance, fall protection and fall arrest, and ANSI compliance, among others. A follow-up question-and-answer session will be held in the near future to address participant questions from the conference. Watch LiftandAccess.com for more information on that event.
Guy Ramsey, publisher of Lift and Access, said he was pleased with the caliber of attendees. “What I was most excited about was not only the quality of the attendees but the variety. The safety managers or directors from companies like DuBois Chemicals, Cianbro, Amgen, Entegris, ArcelorMittal, BAE Systems, and Kimberly-Clark were in attendance,” Ramsey said. “Training organizations, operators, unions, rental yards, crane and rigging companies that use AWPs, and industrial forklift distributors also attended, to name a few. I was very pleased to see that we had several educational institutes in the audience, engineering schools like Penn State, Winona State University, and Michigan Tech. These are grassroots opportunities that will really go a long way in raising awareness.”
“The presentations were highly informative and educational and the new format allows economic participation without the need to get on a plane,” said Tim Whiteman, managing director of the International Powered Access Federation. “If this technology can get the safe operations message out to more people, you will have performed the industry a great service.”
Michael Roth, editor of Rental Equipment Register magazine, commented: “Maximum Capacity’s SAF-T conference did a great job of covering the essential base points of aerial safety,” Roth said. “The fact that falls from heights are still one of the leading types of construction accidents indicates that the importance of aerial safety cannot be overestimated and can never be emphasized enough. To have a chance to hear so many experts covering so many aspects of the issues so comprehensively was extraordinary, and the visuals were an excellent use of available technology.”
A replay of the three-hour event will be available for 90 days. It can be accessed by registering at www.saf-tconference.com for just $40 per registration.