The International Powered Access Federation last week announced it will offer a new course for the category Push-Around Vertical (PAV) at IPAF-approved training centers in the U.K. beginning in January 2010.
IPAF introduced this course in response to market developments and the need for appropriate training on this new type of machine. Push-Around Verticals are small, simple static vertical machines, however, unlike Static Verticals (IPAF category 1a), they have no mechanical drive and are physically pushed around.
“We expect the new course to be popular with contractors and the non-construction sector who are using this type of equipment for low-level access work,” said Rupert Douglas-Jones, IPAF international training manager. “The course was developed following extensive industry consultation.”
The equipment covered includes models with no drive produced by companies such as Genie, JLG, Pop-Up, Power Tower, Upright and Youngman.
The PAV course is a half-day course that covers both theory and practice. Operators who are trained in the categories Static Vertical (1a), Mobile Vertical (3a) or Scissor Lift (old IPAF category SL) will also be able to use a Push Around Vertical (PAV) after being familiarized with the specific machine.
IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. For more information, visit www.ipaf.org.