A small working group of members of the IPAF Training Committee, including Paul Roddis (IPAF Training Manager) and lead by Martin Wraith (IPAF Auditor), took on the task of taking the existing Load/Unload course and, incorporating the information from the accident reporting database, giving it a new look to bring it in line with the current Operator and MEWPs For Managers courses.
The course now includes much more visual referencing, is designed to be more interactive for the course participants and provide a much better learning experience during the theory session. The course has also been adapted to allow for loading and unloading during the practical session to be for other types of plant equipment, such as fork lift trucks or diggers, as well as MEWPs.
Paul Roddis says: “The IPAF Load/Unload course has been reviewed off the back of the accident statistics showing that the people most likely to be harmed in a MEWP-related incident are delivery drivers. We believed that there was more the course could offer in terms of equipping and protecting operatives loading and unloading MEWPs, and we wanted to do more to help protect them. This updated training course does exactly that.
“In terms of visual enhancements, the new course incorporates a new IPAF fleet of delivery vehicles starting with a 4x4 with trailer, a 3.5t flat-bed van, a 7.5t beaver-tail, as well as a 26t rigid and a 40t articulated HGV trailer.”
For details regarding the IPAF Load/Unload course, please contact our office