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November 4, 2011

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Speedy dedicated to powered-access best practice

Tool and equipment-hire firm Speedy Services is sending more than 150 of its staff on a training course so they can earn an accreditation in powered access.

The workers will undergo International Powered Access (IPAF) training to demonstrator level, so they can provide expert health and safety guidance for customers across the company’s depot network.

The training follows the firm’s recent £2 million investment in what it describes as the latest high-tech work-at-height equipment, including Skyjack’s 12ft vertical-mast lifts and 19ft electrical scissor lifts.

Speedy says it will ask customers to prove that they have received appropriate IPAF training before they hire out the Skyjack equipment. Speedy internal training director, Tony Longmire, believes the training will enable staff to encourage customers to adopt best practice when using the equipment.

He said: “Health and safety training isn’t just something you do once, and then forget about. If optimum site safety is to be achieved, it must be continually supplemented and refreshed – as new products become available, new training is needed.

“As our range of working-at-height equipment grows, so does the need for more specialist courses, which is why we’ve made this enhanced training compulsory. It’s our responsibility to help encourage best-practice health and safety for our customers at the point of sale.”


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