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 NEW BODY TO HELP DRIVE GROWTH OF THE UK POWERED ACCESS INDUSTRY

NEW BODY TO HELP DRIVE GROWTH OF THE UK POWERED ACCESS INDUSTRY

1 October 2012 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has formed its first ever UK Country Council, and appointed its inaugural chairman, Peter Douglas, who is executive director of operations at Nationwide Platforms.

The IPAF UK Country Council has 22 members, with a range of industry experience and a wide representation of rental companies, manufacturers, training centres and suppliers.

The body aims to represent the industry and IPAF’s UK members by driving operating standards, improving safety in the industry and ensuring that members are kept up to date with any legislative, technical, or other changes that could affect them. The Council will also liaise with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), government and contractors to ensure that the industry’s voice is heard.

Peter Douglas commented: “This new UK Council will devote itself to UK issues and will be a force to help the UK powered access industry move forward.

“IPAF has grown internationally over the last few years and there has at times not been enough resources dedicated to UK-specific issues. The forming of this council will change that.”

IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman added: “The forming of the UK Council is extremely significant for IPAF and something that we have been working towards in the last years. The move is intended to make sure that today’s international IPAF is still fully relevant to the needs of UK members.”

Ben Hirst, joint managing director of Horizon Platforms and representing the Access Alliance, was elected vice-chairman.

As powered access is increasingly recognised as the safest way of working at height, the opportunities are there for our industry to reach new markets. Having a dedicated body to support our growth is great news for our sector.