Lithonia, Ga.-based Mastclimbers, a provider of sales and service for new and used mast-climbing work platforms, has reduced its insurance premiums by more than 40 percent with the implementation of the AWPT training program.
According to Bobby Reese and Mike Pitt of Mastclimbers LLC, the AWPT (American Work Platform Training) training program that they adopted and implemented throughout their company allowed Hays Companies, a managing general agent insurance broker specializing in programs for high-reach dealers, sales and services companies and manufacturers, to provide them with a policy that was more than 40-percent lower than the premiums they had previously paid. Hays Companies is a member of IPAF and offers advantageous rates to IPAF members.
According to William Holler, senior vice president of Hays Companies and a veteran of more than 25 years in the access industry, “Properly trained users of access equipment can reduce risk and minimize the probability of accidents, injuries and losses. The confidence we have in the effectiveness of the AWPT training program in reducing accidents allows us to offer a significant discount off the insurance premiums for all companies insured through our special program. To qualify for the discount, companies must require employees who operate or occupy an aerial work platform/mast climbing work platform to successfully complete an AWPT training program.”
“For us, the math was easy … our 100-percent AWPT-trained workforce equals 40-percent reduction in premiums,” Pitt explained. “Everyone sleeps soundly at night, even our accountant!”
Hays Companies’ specialty insurance program is underwritten by a national insurance company with an A+ superior financial strength rating and can offer significant discounts on a comprehensive range of insurance coverage beyond general liability including workman’s comp, property and casualty coverage and umbrella policies.
The AWPT training program meets the demands of both U.S. and Canadian legislation and is based on the recognized IPAF training program adopted by many European companies. Successful completion of the program leads to the issuance of a PAL Card (Powered Access Licensed-registration) from an approved training center.