IPAF Relaunches Portal in Drive for Better Accident Reporting

THE International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has relaunched its accident reporting portal as part of a major drive to gather the best quality data from around the world.

The improved data will help analysis to uncover what it can teach us about improving safety in powered access.

The revamped accident reporting portal featured in a free IPAF webinar looking at the latest available data in granular detail. It explained how the findings can be used to influence safety campaigns and best practice, technical guidance and inform IPAF’s internationally recognised training programme.

The webinar, available as a recording online, saw presenters outline how IPAF reporting already helps reduce accidents through intelligence.

Peter Douglas, CEO & MD of IPAF, gave an overview of IPAF’s accident reporting project, which he helped to initiate and explained why every IPAF member should be actively engaged in this life-saving intelligence-gathering exercise.

Near miss data

The new IPAF reporting portal makes it easier to report an accident or near miss – near-miss information being “surprisingly useful in preventing more serious accidents”. It works on multiple devices, allows multiple users per company, and has a feature for users to register subsidiary companies.

This allows access, reporting and analysis across a group of companies in one or more countries, linked to one parent company, enabling firms to compile their own company or group safety analysis, while creating an anonymised, up-to-the minute database for real-time analysis by our experts.

The new portal launches in English but will see additional languages added through the rest of 2020. The old portal is available until the end of 2020, but we encourage anyone wishing to report an accident or near-miss to use the new portal right away.

Accident reporting

The webinar also reviewed IPAF’s Global MEWP Safety Report 2016-2018, on findings from 25 countries since 2012. The data has been used to create safety awareness campaigns and inform the likes of the UK Health & Safety Executive and ongoing All Party Parliamentary Group inquiry into safety at height in the workplace.

Brian Parker, IPAF Head of Safety and Technical

Brian Parker, set to join IPAF next as the organisation’s new Head of Safety & Technical and a key part of IPAF’s Accident Project Work Group, looked in depth at anonymised and previously unpublished data including the latest statistics for 2019.

Deciding purely to focus on the data reported by IPAF’s UK members, he was able to take a granular look at some of the common underlying causes of accidents, locations and types of industry or activity in which they occurred.

As an example, Brian outlined how information relating to accidents leading to injuries and deaths involving delivery drivers showed these almost always involve the loading or unloading process. IPAF plans to accordingly overhaul its Load/Unload Training course for 2021, as it did with MEWPs for Managers training last year after statistics showed many accidents could be traced back to poor planning or oversight of operations.

Watch the Reducing Accidents Through Intelligence webinar and other IPAF safety webinars.

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