The IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) PAL (Powered Access Licence) training courses are a very familiar part of any training programme in construction, but there is now one further step that staff can take if they wish to go further in their knowledge of how to use their equipment safely.
The IPAF PAL+ course is only available to those who already have their PAL certificate and they will have to produce their photocard before they can start the training. It is over one day and is very intensive, testing the candidate’s knowledge of their equipment to the utmost. Success in the course is a very worthwhile addition to any MEWP operator’s portfolio, though, because it covers the whole range of mobile elevating working platforms, which is not always the case with a basic PAL which might have specialised in a specific type of equipment.
Staff with a PAL+ photocard have a real advantage in the jobs market because not only does it show that they have an interest in furthering their knowledge of their equipment, but that they have enhanced insight into the maintenance and general health and safety implications of the very powerful machinery which they use every day.
Working at height has its own special risks
Working at any distance from the ground brings its own very special dangers with it and all staff who might be called upon to do so should have proper training. The PAL+ training is for those who may be working in particularly trying conditions and gives the holders of the qualification an edge when it comes to knowing how to keep safe.
Even so, accidents can sometimes happen and although training is a good preparation, it can’t always prepare everyone for an emergency, so incidents can happen in which people are injured.
Accident Advice Helpline is here to help
If you have had an accident in the last three years which was attributable to the negligence of a third party, you can’t do better than contact Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm specialising in personal injury claims for the past 14 years. A 30-second test on their website is all that you need to do to check your eligibility status.
You need to have sought medical advice at the time of the accident and this must have been in the last three years, although certain exceptions to the time limit do apply.