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Ipaf sounds the alert for safety on booms


THE INTERNATIONAL Powered Access Federation has called on contractors to ram home the need for harnesses in boom platforms.

Following several incidents in recent weeks in which people have been thrown out of booms, Ipaf managing director Tim Whiteman, said: 'It is infuriating that people are still being thrown out of boom platforms when the means to save their lives is clear: boom operators should wear a full-body harness with a fall-restraint lanyard.'

The Federation is calling for stickers to be fitted to all boom platforms, warning operators to wear and attach harnesses which cut the risk of being thrown if the boom fails.

Mr Whiteman said: 'If contractors have any other ways of getting the message through to the guys on site, we would love to hear from them.'

Mr Whiteman was speaking as Ipaf issued its 250,000th Powered Access Licence for operators. He said: 'It is important that every operator is competent. The PAL card is recognised by the Major Contractors Group.'