The IPAF International Mast Climbing Work Platform Committee has been restructured to strengthen its promotion of the safe and effective use of MCWPs around the world. The committee now comprises the UK and Ireland MCWP Work Group, the MCWP Training Work Group and other local and topic-specific work groups to be formed.

Kevin O’Shea, director of safety and training at Hydro Mobile, a Canadian company, is chair of the IPAF International MCWP Committee and Adrian Bolton, construction manager of Alimek Hek in the United Kingdom is vice-chair. Darren Brady, operations director of Apollo Cradles is chair of the IPAF UK & Ireland MCWP Work Group, with Steven McEwan as vice-chair.

“The committee is fortunate to have some very experienced members in all aspects of the industry,” said Brady. “The MCWP industry has suffered in recent years due to the economic downturn, but it is now returning to its original position and still remains of the safest, most economical ways for men and materials to work at height.”

The committee will prioritize these goals:

  • Encourage the MCWP industry to report accidents to the IPAF accident database at
  • Develop and distribute case studies that highlight the safe and effective use of MCWPs
  • Deliver presentations at the IPAF Summit that highlight synergies and compatibility of MCWPs and aerial work platforms (AWPs)
  • Develop content for the MCWP mini-site:
  • Review the MCWP training manual to simplify its language and structure.

People interested in IPAF’s MCWP activities should contact Romina Vanzi, IPAF MCWP department manager at