In cooperation with the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA), Maximum Capacity Media LLC, publisher of Lift and Access, Crane Hot Line, and Lift and Access 360, announces the first annual Safe Access, Fall Protection & Training Conference (SAF-T).
The one-day SAF-T Conference is scheduled immediately after the SIA's 35th Annual Conference and Exposition on July 20, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, Calif., to allow attendees the opportunity to participate in both events.
The mission of the SAF-T Conference is to promote the safe use of powered access equipment to owners and end-users through discussions stemming from age-old issues to current events.
Discussions at the inaugural event will include:
- Safe operation and proper use of access equipment and fall protection in the context of ANSI Standards;
- Clarification of the responsibilities and expectations for access equipment training as outlined by ANSI Standards;
- The need for an improved level of consistent and high-quality training in access equipment education;
- Guidance on the successful implementation of operator training programs; and
- Resources for evaluating existing operator training programs.
The one-day conference will feature a series of speakers and presenters addressing these pertinent issues to a combined assembly. Renowned safety authority and motivational speaker Bruce Wilkinson is scheduled to make the keynote address. Other SAF-T Conference speakers include Jeff Stachowiak, director of access safety and training, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc.; Robert Vetter, technical director of IVES Training Group; Tony Groat, North American membership development director for AWPT, Inc.; and Joseph Feldstein of MSA Fall Protection.
Additionally, Maximum Capacity Media has received several sponsorship commitments for the event. Skyjack, Inc., has signed on as a platinum sponsor; JLG, Inc., has signed on as a gold sponsor; IPAF, Genie Industries, and Snorkel International are supporting the event as silver sponsors; and UpRight will be a bronze sponsor.
Virtually every aerial work platform manufacturer is backing the conference, as well as top fall protection device producers and several key trade associations. Representatives from nearly every major national, regional, and independent rental company will either participate or attend the inaugural event.