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December 16, 2010

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Powered-access safety tools win international honours

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has received two international safety awards.

The IPAF’s ‘Spot the mistake’ video won the first prize in the best media DVD/CD category in an occupational health and safety information contest held in Italy. The Inform@zione competition is held every two years by the Italian national social organisation INAIL and the regional health and safety authorities of Emilia Romagna and the municipality of Modena.

The ‘Spot the mistake’ video features a number of workplace safety scenarios involving the use of powered access equipment and aims to promote best practice. The DVD was included in a special health and safety publication, which was distributed by the Italian safety authorities at the Ambiente Lavoro convention.

Meanwhile, the Foundation’s Aerial Work Platform Operator Training Support Kit won a silver award in the after market support products and services category at the Leadership in Lifting Equipment and Access Platforms (LLEAP) Awards, which are organised by Lift and Access magazine.

The training kit assists users of aerial-work platforms (AWPs) to develop an operator training programme that meets the requirements defined in the US-based industry document Statement of Best Practices of General Training and Familiarisation for Aerial work Platform Equipment.

The LLEAP judging panel commented: “This is a desperately needed product from the most reputable name in the industry. Finally, there is a standardised training guide that will help owners and operators to promote safety.”

For more information on the training kit, visit or to download the ‘Spot the mistake’ video visit

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