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IPAF Training – Duty Calls: Your Responsibilities for Work at Height

Using a MEWP can put you at risk, there’s no doubt about it. Though, under the correct conditions elevated platforms are a safe and reliable method for providing temporary height during indoor and outdoor work. You have a duty – as an employer and operative – to ensure your working environment meets legal regulations for safeguarding life-saving practice. So, with expert IPAF training and a sound knowledge of your responsibilities for work at height you can stay safe on site...
By Mick Blackhouse, IPAF Instructor


IPAF Training – Assessing Ground Conditions for Safe Use of MEWPs

Ground strength is quite literally the foundation of your safety when working at height. MEWPs – whether static or boom operated – rely on stable ground conditions to keep level during slew and when moving over different terrains. Due to the weight of MEWPs, the ground can settle under heavier loads causing the machine to tip and overturn – sometimes resulting in damage and the catapult effect.In fact, IPAF training warns that the pressure applied by the wheel of a MEWP onto the ...
By Damien Edge, IPAF Instructor


IPAF Training – Make sure you’re in safe hands with a MEWP rescue plan

Work at height should never be taken lightly, as there’s the potential for heavy consequences if you use a MEWP without taking the necessary precautions. In IPAF training – such as the 3a & 3b course for boom and scissor lifts – it’s important you learn how to recognise hazards to ensure your operator’s safety. Whether that’s assessing your ground conditions, preparing for work near overhead power lines, or ensuring you have the correct PPE...
By Ian Moorhouse, IPAF Instructor


Cautious welcome for IPAF training online – but more details needed

Moves to introduce an IPAF training module online could prove a real boost to safe work at height practices as long as safety – not profit – is the driving force behind the planned changes. If an e-learning option from IPAF means customers get more time for the practical elements of MEWPS training – the hands-on, up in the air, learn as you do bits – and more rigorous, flexible and convenient training that improves site safety, then it’s a no-brainer
By Ben Hirst, Managing Director


Play it safe when working near overhead power lines

If you’re performing temporary work at height, using a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) is safe, versatile, and reliable. That being said, as ever, your safety is entirely dependent on the way you handle the machine – and making sure you take care to check your facts and get the right IPAF training before you power up. The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) reported that electrocution causes nine fatalities per year for those working at height...
By Ben Hirst, Managing Director


IPAF Training Courses

Horizon Platforms is one of the UK's leading approved IPAF training providers, covering licences from Operator to Harness to MEWPs for Managers. We offer IPAF courses six days a week, including from the UK's largest IPAF training centre in Wakefield. We developed our IPAF training courses with leading industry professionals to make sure that you and your employees get the best training for safe at-height access.

IPAF courses for powered access platforms will satisfy standards required by many Health and Safety legislation and Work at Height regulations.

Employers are obliged to help employees achieve a level of training enabling them to operate access platforms safely, our IPAF courses will do exactly that. Our IPAF courses were developed by leading industry professionals and are certified by safety experts as conforming to the relevant international standard ISO quality mark.

Trainees who pass our IPAF courses receive a PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), a safety guide, a log book and a certificate.



"I completed my IPAF with this company [Horizon Platforms] last year and was extremely happy with the training and approachability of the tutors."

Training Delegate