INDUSTRY TRAINING SERVICES EXPANDS OFFERING WITH IPAF COURSE
Already boasting a vast range of health and safety courses for the construction, civil engineering, manufacturing sectors and others, Industry Training Services (ITS) has expanded its offering with the addition of International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) training.
Providing tuition in the safe use of machinery such as cherry pickers and scissor lifts, an IPAF qualification has worldwide recognition for providing proof that the operator has been trained to the highest standard and met all legal requirements.
The course, which was fully booked well in advance, was held in partnership with Balloo Hire. The firm, which provides machinery and tools for hire to all sectors across Northern Ireland will work in conjunction with instructors at ITS’ 10-acre training facility outside Portadown.
The first course in the new partnership trained users in how to operate a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Static Boom safely.
Successful trainees received a PAL (Powered Access Licence) card, a safety guide, log book and certificate.
ITS Managing Director Brendan Crealey said:
“We are delighted to have added an IPAF accredited course to our offering at ITS which complements our existing range of qualifications aimed at helping people work at height safely.
“There is an assumption that such training is only relevant to the construction industry but any business that uses a mobile platform to work at height, whether it be to erect signage outside a shop or even change a lightbulb, requires the job to be carried out by someone with the relevant IPAF accreditation.
“It is vitally important because falls are among the most common causes of accidents at work, while a third of workplace fatalities in Northern Ireland from 2011 to 2016 were attributed to falls.”
Colin Magee Manager at Balloo Hire, added: “Balloo Hire is delighted to have established a partnership with ITS to deliver IPAF training. This partnership, with a well-established credible provider, will together, allow us to continue to provide the leading IPAF training in the industry, while expanding our reach in Northern Ireland.”