Starting January 1, 2013, IPAF rental company members in the UK must report any known mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) accidents involving their staff at the IPAF accident database (www.ipaf.org/accident). The move to mandate accident reporting as a condition of IPAF membership for UK rental companies was agreed at the first meeting of the IPAF UK Country Council and subsequently ratified by the IPAF Council, the Federation’s main governing and decision-making body.
“This is the initiative for IPAF,” says Peter Douglas, chairman of the IPAF UK Country Council, who has been leading the accident reporting campaign. “We need to make the industry safer. Go to the IPAF website and report accidents. The data collected will help indicate the most common high risk behaviours. And if we can reduce those risky behaviors, we will gradually reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents.”
“The initial mandate is for UK rental companies to report all lost time incidents for their employees,” explains Douglas. “But all members are strongly encouraged to get on board and report all accidents, near misses and contractor incidents they are aware of. The more information we have, the better we will be armed to reduce accidents in our industry.”
IPAF Technical Office Chris Wraith says, “Companies who commit to report accidents at the IPAF database will be able to confidentially record data and create their own register of accidents. The system requires companies to ‘sign off’ monthly on their accident records. In return, a dashboard feature analyses the company data in a graphical format, providing a management tool to monitor safety performance. Individual companies will be able to compare their safety performance against aggregated results from across all rental company members and recognised industry benchmarks. IPAF’s accident reporting system gives the industry the means to comprehensively collect and analyse accident data and at the same time provide a valuable management tool to improve safety in the workplace.”
All manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and users are encouraged to report any known fatal and serious accidents involving MEWPs worldwide at www.ipaf.org/accident