On the 24th February, Force was proud to host a meeting of the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia at our Homebush facility in Sydney. The meeting was run by John Glover our National Service Manager, and the NSW President of the EWPA.
Elevated Work Platform Association Meeting
The EWPA is a very important representative body for the EWP industry. It makes submissions to governments and certifying authorities, plays a role in public consultations, keeps companies like Force up to date on changes to training standards, and provides a forum where members can discuss issues and swap information.
Our Homebush location was ideal as the branch is home to Force’s 10-year certified maintenance inspection program and Head Office. With over 200 square meters of covered workshops this was an ideal place for the industry to gather and talk working-at-heights.
Secondary Guarding Products
One of the key discussion groups at this meeting was on a topic near and dear to our hearts: safety.
Showcased at this meeting were a range of Secondary Guarding Products. Industry OEM’s have developed the Secondary Guarding products in response to several accidents in Australia and Internationally where workers have suffered crush injuries while operating EWPs. The OEM products on display included:.
- JLG – Skyguard
- Genie – OPA and OPS
- Haulotte – Active Shield
- Nifty Lift – SIOPS
- Skyjack – SGE and SGM; and
- Snorkel – Snorkel Guard
Force was able to facilitate demonstrations of these devices, and many large organisations who invest heavily in the safety of their people were present, including; Leighton, Hansen Yunken and Select Plant Hire.
Investing in Safety
As Australia’s only specialist to be accredited with ASNZS 4801 and 14001 across its entire branch network we feel it is our responsibility to play our part in thought leadership and tackling issues around the safety of EWP users.
Force is continually investing in our fleet and our people, and is leading the industry with innovative engineering solutions to improve the safety of the operator and their colleagues when using elevating work platforms. This event is another example of how Force is Engaging with our Customers and the Industry to deliver a Safe and Reliable EWP.
We are committed to our goal of Zero Harm to people and the Environment when working at heights.