The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has appointed two technical officers to add depth and innovation to its technical and safety department.

Harald Fries will be based in IPAF’s Swiss office in Basel, Switzerland. He is an electrical engineer with a background in safety processes and nuclear energy. He has held several safety director positions in the nuclear industry, and has some experience of operating mobile elevating work platforms. He speaks German, English and French.

Rupert Douglas-Jones will be based in IPAF’s head office in the U.K. He is a seasoned MEWP instructor, having been in the access industry for over 20 years in differing management roles. He holds a Master’s degree in health, safety and environmental law, and has experience as an expert witness.

Both technical officers will report to IPAF’s technical & safety executive Chris Wraith, who said: “Between us, we now have an increased range of experience and knowledge in the technical and safety department, thus enabling us to offer greater support to our members, undertake specific research projects, and influence European and international developments in the market.”

The IPAF technical and safety department can be reached on