IPAF creates and launches incident database

The International Powered Access Federation has begun a project to collect worldwide data on fatal accidents involving aerial work platforms in order to improve the safe use of equipment.

IPAF encourages manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and users to report any known AWP accidents or incidents using the standard form that is available at ipaf.org/accident.

“Obtaining accident/incident data to identify trends and prioritise remedial action is a perennial problem… Companies sometimes have reservations about sharing their accident/incident data but in my opinion, the reputation of industry representative organizations is enhanced when they base and prioritize their activities on evidence and evaluation,” wrote principal inspector Joy Jones of the UK Health & Safety Executive in an open letter to IPAF members.