IPAF & UK MPs Working Together on New Safety Initiative

IPAF & UK MPs Working Together on New Safety Initiative

IPAF is working with UK Members of Parliament (MP) on a wide-scale inquiry to improve safety and implement best practice when working at height.

The new all-party working group of Westminster MPs aims to cut the alarming number of workplace fatalities in the UK caused by falls from height.

IPAF president Nick Selley and UK market general manager Richard Whiting attended the inaugural meeting on Tuesday (12 December) of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height at the UK Houses of Parliament in London.

Alison Thewliss, the SNP MP for Glasgow Central and convener of the APPG, invited politicians and stakeholders to work together to better investigate serious injuries and fatalities while working at height and to launch the wide-scale inquiry.

The inquiry comes after figures were released that showed that in 2016-17, 18% of people killed at work, died after a fall from height.

Tim Whiteman, CEO and managing director of IPAF, commented, “Reducing falls from height in the workplace and promoting powered access equipment as the safest way to carry out temporary work at height is the very definition of IPAF’s mission statement. Clearly this is something we at IPAF are very passionate about, and we will be heavily involved in providing evidence and suggestions to the inquiry and ensure that IPAF and its members are key influencers to the group.

“IPAF representatives will continue to work closely with the MPs in this cross-party group and we will be reporting back and consulting with all our UK members, who may wish to offer input or evidence to the inquiry and contribute to the report.

“We hope the report that is produced will be a truly comprehensive document that all those who are asked to carry out or supervise temporary work at height can use as an important point of reference to ensure the highest possible safety standards and to ultimately reduce falls from height in the workplace.”

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