Congratulations to Mike who has recently passed his IPAF (The International Powered Access Federation) training in Scissors Lifts and Mobile Booms, and received his IPAF PAL (Powered Access Licence) card.
In addition to passing this course, Mike has also passed his PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers’ Association) safety course in Mobile Access Towers. Please click here to read more.
Scissor Lifts and Mobile Booms are used on the larger surveys and installs that The Bigger Printing Company is involved with, when displays are being checked / installed at great height. Depending on the terrain, project specifics such as materials being used, or additional safety requirements, mobile access towers might not always be suitable, and therefore powered access equipment is required.
As part of the course, Mike studied how to prepare and safely operate various types of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), especially Scissor Lifts and Mobile Booms.
The intensive course included both theory and practical elements, ranging from pre-use checks, legislation, safe methods of operation, emergency procedures, and selection of / use of fall protection equipment.
In order to pass the course, Mike had to pass a written theory test, as well as a practical assessment involving verbal questions and a practical test.
On passing the course, Mike commented “It was another rigorous day, but I got a lot out of it. It’s vital that I know all of the correct operational procedures and safety considerations when working with Powered Access Equipment. I really enjoyed the Mobile Access Tower course; however, they are not always suitable depending on what the project is, where it is, and this course is a natural progression. Installs and surveys can carry some dangers, which are obviously increased when working at height. Working with Powered Access Equipment can help to reduce some of those dangers, whilst enabling me to become involved in some larger installs, so it’s great to have passed the course and look forward to the forthcoming projects.”