Half a million valid PAL Cards in use worldwide
The success of the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) voluntary industry-led operator training programme was in evidence again this month, as IPAF announced that there are now half a million valid Powered Access Licences (PAL) Cards in use worldwide.
Discussing the success of the PAL Card, IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman said: “Our members created and launched the platform operator training programme in 1991, not because the law mandated it, but because they had a vision of a safe and professional industry. IPAF manages the programme on behalf of its members and the income is re-invested in the training programme and other safety initiatives, such as the Clunk Click harness campaign, the spreader pads campaign, or the accident reporting project.”
“IPAF’s Powered Access Rental Market Reports estimate that there are about 950,000 mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) in the rental fleet worldwide,” noted Whiteman. “With the number of PAL Cards currently at around half of the worldwide MEWP rental fleet, we have set a goal of reaching a million valid PAL Cards by 2017. We congratulate our members on this achievement and look forward to working with them to keep the industry safe through trained operators.”