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UKCG makes PAL+ advanced operator training compulsory

UKCG makes PAL+ advanced operator training compulsory

29 July 2013 Email this article

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has made PAL+ advanced operator training a mandatory requirement for net riggers and steel erectors working on UKCG sites.

The change means that all net riggers and steel erectors, along with their associated trades (e.g. painters and welders) that are working in erection or netting activities, or operating mobile, static booms or scissor lifts, will be required to hold IPAF PAL+ or CPCS Competent Operator Certification. The policy will come into effect in November 2013.

Gordon Leicester, Chief Executive of Facelift commented: “Recent research has shown that knowledge of entrapment, and how it can be avoided, is still low, so we certainly feel that mandating this training is a step in the right direction.”  

PAL+ is an additional one-day of category-specific training for MEWP operators working in higher risk or particularly challenging environments. Undertake the course allows delegates to add specific further categories their PAL cards as proof of competence in particular high-risk situations.

The UKCG is currently consulting with a view to extending the requirement for IPAF PAL+ or CPCS Competent operator certification progressively to other trades.

To find out more, visit: Facelift Pal_Plus