May 26, 2021 real estate

Byrne Equipment Rental starts equipment training in Dubai


Byrne Equipment Rental, a leading supplier of rental equipment including power rental solutions in the GCC region, recently carried out the first IPAF operator PAL card training in the Middle East.

Based on a new module from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), the training focused on the safe operation of all mast climbers, and not limited to just one OEM specific.

The IPAF training programme is globally recognised, developed by leading industry professionals and available in multiple languages across a worldwide network of more than 750 IPAF-approved Training Centres.

This followed on from the company’s successful training at carrying out the first ever IPAF Hoist training in the Middle East which took place at the beginning of this year.

According to Byrne, PAL card is a powered access licence for operating mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) or construction hoists.

To qualify for a PAL Card, operators must complete an IPAF training course and pass a test at an IPAF-accredited training centre.

The recent session took place at Byrne’s head office in Dubai Industrial City, in its fully operational demo area and was conducted over one full day.

This covered training for 6 people which is the maximum number that can be enrolled in each session. The large classroom which normally could accommodate 28 persons, allowed Byrne for social distancing in line with covid rules and regulations and ensured a safe learning environment for everyone.

The sessions were led by the only certified training instructor for mast climber and hoists in the Middle East, Simon Hickson - an accomplished professional in the field with over 21 years’ experience, and Regional Manager at Byrne.

Simon delivered training that was well balanced with a mix between theory and practice, and covered in depth the operational procedures for all mast climbers including health and safety aspects, hazards and how to lead by example on site.

'The practical sessions were integral as they gave each trainee the ability to not only learn but also operate the product in question and in turn fully engage in all aspects surrounding the safe use and operation of the mast climber,' he stated.

'Safety aspects were first and foremost the most important message to deliver through the training and a strong focus was on the safe use of the MCWP product and an understanding of safety first at all times,' he added.

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