ReachMaster Becomes IPAF Certified Training Center | Construction News

ReachMaster, Inc. is now a Certified IPAF Training Center
and launches the new training product at ARA’s (American
Association) Rental Show in Orlando Feb 27, 2017
ReachMaster, Inc. adds yet another activity to its range of products by
becoming a certified and approved IPAF Training Center.
Kingwood, February 23, 2017
ReachMaster, Inc., Kingwood (Houston), Texas, is one of the latest official IPAF training centers in North America.

IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) is a global not-for-profit members' organization that represents the interest
of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental, and training companies involved in the powered access industry.

IPAF promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide. The organization is headquartered in the UK, but operates and maintains a North American office with full
time staff to promote IPAF and its offerings.

Ebbe Christensen, president of ReachMaster, said, “We have been an active member of IPAF for several years, and I have personally served – and still serve – on the organization’s North American Regional Council. So, it was a natural next step to become an official training center. Given our niche oriented products, we have always had a high focus on safety by offering operational training on all our brands, and being able to now also offer certified IPAF training only adds to those efforts.”

IPAF provides the PAL (Powered Access License) Card to those who successfully complete the training, which is offered in seven lift categories. The PAL card is the most widely held and recognized proof of training for aerial lift operators, and is valid for five years. It shows the lift category that the operator has been trained in, as well as a photo ID.

Said Christensen: “The PAL card concept is very common in Europe, and growing rapidly in North America, and we hope we can do our part locally and wherever we sell our equipment to increase the number of cards issued. In today’s world, where we
thankfully see very well-manufactured equipment, the most important single element to further increase operational safety of aerial lifts is proper training.”

ReachMaster Inc. is launching the new activity at the upcoming American Rental Association’s “Rental Show “in Orlando Feb 27-Mar 1, 2017, following the official opening of the training center on Feb 16, 2017, where CEO & Managing Director of
IPAF, Tim Whiteman, was in Texas to hand over the official approval plaque.

Christensen concludes: “We couldn’t think of a better opportunity than the Rental Show to launch this new product and activity, given the many lift professionals that will attend this event. No industry is more exposed to operational lift safety issues than the rental
industry, so we obviously want to let the players know that ReachMaster Inc. is now one of more than 30 active trainings in North America that can offer what we consider the best aerial lift training in the world.”