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IPAF makes accident reporting mandatory for members

28 Sep 12 From 1 January 2013, any UK rental company that is a member of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) will be required to report accidents involving their staff or equipment to the IPAF accident database.

The move to mandate accident reporting as a condition of IPAF membership for UK rental companies was agreed at the first meeting of the IPAF UK Country Council and subsequently ratified by the IPAF Council, the federation’s main governing and decision-making body.

Until now, accident reporting - which is done online at the IPAF website - has been voluntary.

“This is the initiative for IPAF,” said newly elected IPAF UK chairman Peter Douglas, who has been leading the accident reporting campaign. “We need to make the industry safer. Go to the IPAF website and report accidents. The data collected will help indicate the most common high risk behaviours. And if we can reduce those risky behaviours, we will gradually reduce the number of fatal and serious accidents.”

“Companies who commit to report accidents at the IPAF database will be able to confidentially record data and create their own register of accidents,” said IPAF technical officer Chris Wraith. “The system requires companies to ‘sign off’ monthly on their accident records. In return, a dashboard feature analyses the company data in a graphical format, providing a management tool to monitor safety performance. Individual companies will be able to compare their safety performance against aggregated results from across all rental company members and recognised industry benchmarks. IPAF’s accident reporting system gives the industry the means to comprehensively collect and analyse accident data and at the same time provide a valuable management tool to improve safety in the workplace.”

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