One of the attendees, Jenny Lescohier, editor of Rental Product News, said, "I've been covering these topics for years and from my perspective, the biggest obstacle is no longer a lack of information or a failure among those in the industry to believe in the necessity for safety and training. Right now, I believe the problem boils down to a lack of follow through. There needs to be a shift in thinking where safety and comprehensive training go from being 'nice to haves' to jobsite imperatives. The solution to the problem remains elusive, but events like the IPAF Convention go a very long way toward finding it. There's nothing like gathering as many stakeholders as possible together in one room to begin the process of building consensus. I look forward to next year's gathering."
"IPAF's first major event in the U.S. generated lots of interest from a wide range of people in the industry, and we hope to hold this annually," said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman.
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. Members include rental companies, manufacturers, distributors and equipment owners. More information at www.ipaf.org.