IPAF accredited hire companies can offer machines that meet current safety rules.
There are hundreds of powered access rental companies in the field and with the economic downturn, many have slashed their rates. So how does the average contractor find out who the best supplier of powered access equipment is? How does one differentiate the better rental companies from the others?
Using equipment from a reputable supplier affiliated to organisations like the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is one way. IPAF offers companies independent safety accreditation, allowing them to use the IPAF Rental + quality mark.
Companies that carry the IPAF Rental+ quality mark have been independently audited as meeting defined standards of customer service, safety, staff training, contract terms and machine inspection.
Companies that display the IPAF Rental+ sign have knowledgeable hire desk staff. Training and competency levels of the hire desk staff are checked by the IPAF Rental+ auditor during the audit. Thorough understanding of the fleet ensures that contractors get exactly the right platform they need for the job. Staff knowledge of safety legislation and equipment will help contractors operate safely and legally on site.
The service carries on to the delivery stage. All IPAF Rental+ companies use delivery drivers trained to demonstrator level.
When a machine is handed over to a customer, there must be an offer of a demonstration for the purposes of familiarisation with its controls. There must also be proof of this question having been asked, and there should be a system in place to deal with circumstances in which this familiarisation is not possible. The quality of the handover familiarisation means that contractors will get the most out of the machine right from the outset. IPAF Rental+ companies can provide trained operators with machines hired out. Your platform will be operated safely and productively.
IPAF Rental+ companies have staff, from full service and maintenance engineers to PDI inspectors, qualified to the required levels. In the UK, all access equipment used to lift people must be thoroughly examined by a competent person every six months. All machines on hire must carry a current and valid certificate of thorough examination.