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From next year, accident reporting will be mandatory for IPAF UK member rental companies

FROM 1 January 2013, International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) rental company members in the UK will have to report any known mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) accidents involving their staff on the IPAF accident database.

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.


‘We need to make the industry safer,’ said Peter Douglas, chairman of the IPAF UK Country Council, who has been leading the accident reporting campaign. ‘The data collected will help indicate the most common high-risk behaviours. And if we can reduce those risky behaviours, 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, but all members will be 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,’ said Mr Douglas.

IPAF’s technical officer, Chris Wraith, added: ‘Companies who commit to report accidents on 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 will analyse the company data in a graphical format, providing a management tool to monitor safety performance. According to Mr Wraith, individual companies will be able to compare their safety performance against aggregated results from across all rental company members and recognized industry benchmarks.

‘IPAF’s accident reporting system will give 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,’ he said.

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