MEWP operator app a ‘game-changer’ for industry

THE International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and Denmark-based member firm Trackunit has agreed a partnership to create a new digital operator app called ePAL, due to launch in April 2021.

IPAF revealed the app will initially be offered in English and will be available for Apple iOS and Android devices. The resource will be free to use and feature a digital IPAF PAL Card, log book, and operator safety guides.

Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO & MD, said, “Developing this app is a key priority for IPAF and we are excited to team up with Trackunit to bring its considerable technical expertise to bear to roll this out in 2021, delivering a digital solution to connect IPAF and the operator for the first time. IPAF’s ePAL will bring benefits for operators and IPAF training centres alike, will allow users to store their digital PAL Card and log book and to help communicate important safety and technical messages direct to the operator.

“The goal is to streamline and digitise our processes, including issuing and renewing IPAF PAL Cards and helping operators keep track of their machine operating experience via the digital logbook function. IPAF and Trackunit have a shared aim to be at the forefront in driving change for our industry and we are involving a wide range of stakeholders to drive this change. Together we will ensure IPAF members are fully consulted and are as involved as much as possible, in shaping the future of these technological advancements including the new IPAF ePAL app and its roll-out next year. These are exciting times.”

Søren Brogaard, CEO of Trackunit, added, “We are delighted to be working with IPAF on this exciting new digital innovation; it will be a real game-changer for the industry, allowing MEWP and MCWP operators to store and share their training accreditation, log equipment usage, gain access to machines and geo-fenced work sites safely and securely, and to obtain important safety and technical information at their fingertips. I am sure the app will be very popular with users and mangers and take-up will be strong.”