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2011 Volume 1 Issue 7
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Safety Awareness

An operator swipes a prototype of IPAF's smart PAL Card over the Infobric unit to operate the machine.An operator swipes a prototype of IPAF’s smart PAL Card over the Infobric unit to operate the machine.

It does not matter how much regulation there is to prevent accidents related to working at height - particularly aerial work platforms, without proper training and site safety procedures such regulations are meaningless.

Therefore, any company that highlights the risk and introduces initiatives to, at the very least, reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries has to be applauded.

Contractors World is pleased to announce not one, but two such initiatives from a leader in the aerial work platform hire industry.

AFI-Uplift launches two major construction site-safety initiatives

Powered access machine rental specialist, AFI-Uplift has launched two major initiatives to bring far reaching improvements to safety for operators of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). The company is hoping to reduce deaths and injuries by adopting two key approaches.

Firstly, it is introducing SMART ZONE, a smart card reader system that will stop unauthorised use of MEWPs. This means main contractors and sub contractors can ensure that the only people properly trained and authorised to do can start up and operate a MEWP.

Secondly, once someone is operating a MEWP, AFI wants to protect those in the platform from being crushed against overhead obstructions – one of the main causes of death and serious injury in the powered access industry. The company has launched the SANCTUARY ZONE to address this area of concern.

Trials are positive about Smart Zone

The Smart Zone system has received very positive feedback from the four companies involved in its trials. The new system, being introduced by AFI in association with Infobric, is a first for the UK powered access industry. It will enable contractors to have significantly more control over who operates what type of MEWPs on their sites.

In essence, it means that only those people who have received accredited operator training for the specific machine type in question will be able to operate that machine. However, the card, unlike fingerprint reading devices, could still be used by someone who ‘borrows’ the card and therefore it still has to be properly managed via training.

Contractors World has been told that there is the option to ‘upgrade’ to fingerprint identification which does prevent unauthorised use, and, as the system records usage, in the event of ‘inappropriate use’ the IPAF card holder who abused the systems by allowing others to use his card can be identified.

IPAF has been working closely with AFI on the launch of the system, and operators who are authorised by site managers for particular machines will be given prototypes of IPAF’s smart PAL Card containing their details.

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