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Sep 21, 2018 | 0 comments

When it comes to the hierarchy of accidents in the workplace, working at height has the ignominy of consistently ranking as the number one cause. Over recent years concerted efforts have been made to address this, but it remains a major issue and one which only training across the board, for employees and managers alike can address.

The two major accreditors of working at height training in the UK are PASMA and IPAF, both industry standard and responsible for overseeing a wide range of exceptional training courses in the UK.

JW Simpkin Ltd exemplify the vast spectrum of industries that needs working at height training. They are fire protection specialists who ensure that their employees are trained on courses provided by both PASMA and IPAF in order to meet site safety measures when delivering their services of fire protective boarding and intumescent painting of structural steelwork.

In terms of the kinds of businesses that need to ensure that their employees and managers are trained in safe working at height, it’s a case of how long is a piece of string. However, the industries most at risk tend to be the building trade, telecommunications, roadwork operations, decorating and window cleaning and warehouse operations. Of course there are multiple other industries that are affected. There are training courses for managers that help them understand the risks of a particular site in particular conditions and how to plan to make sure best practice is adhered to. In some ways this is just as important as ensuring those actually up on a big cherry picker are fully trained.

Ensuring that employees are fully trained is inarguably the first step towards risk mitigation. You can give everyone the top of the line Personal Protective Equipment, but if they don’t understand when conditions make it too risky to even attempt working at height, such items can be utterly useless. Before looking at all of the more specific and in some ways selfish reasons why training is important it is vital to bear in mind that according to the Health and Safety Work Act of 1974, all employers have a duty of care to ensure all employees and visitors to their premises are kept safe.

It may seem blindingly obvious, but the better trained employees are in safety procedure, the easier it is for them to focus on their jobs and become more productive. Jobs will take up less time and become more streamlined. While the initial outlay for training programmes may seem costly, employers can reap the rewards in many ways. In fact, money can be saved in the long run. Imagine the legal fees, reputational damage and fines that could be incurred should an employer be found to be at fault or negligent after a fatal accident? Yes, there should be a moral obligation, but even the hardest of business noses should appreciate the potentially damaging financial implications. It is also worth noting that contracts are starting to be withheld from under-trained organisations as it is not worth the risk of any negative publicity an accident could bring.

Finally, everyone wants to work in a happy working environment and studies show that when employees are confident in their safety and ability to adapt to different working conditions they are much happier in their roles, leading once again to better productivity and morale.

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Ryton Road, Anston
Sheffield, S25 4DL

Registered in UK & Wales

What is a cherry picker?

A cherry picker is a hydraulic crane with railed platform at its end point. It is used for raising and lowering workers who need to carry out work at height, especially where scaffolding is inappropriate, such as on overhead cables or other more inaccessible areas. Cherry pickers are also sometimes referred to as boom lifts.

Types of cherry picker

Cherry Pickers can either be ‘static’ or ‘mobile’. The type of cherry picker to be used will dictate the type of training required.


The main accreditor of training courses is IPAF. This is, in essence, a stamp of approval for any training course you are looking to enlist in. The IPAF ensures that training providers are up to scratch and providing the relevant level of training to mitigate against accidents and injuries resulting from working at height. When you undertake a training course in cherry pickers accredited by IPAF you will receive a personalised card that is recognised by all in the industry.

Why train in cherry pickers

All working at height involves serious risk and that certainly includes working on static or mobile cherry pickers. Most of these risks can be dramatically reduced with relevant training that teaches delegates how to check their equipment for faults and wear and tear, how to ensure that environmental conditions are checked and adjustments are made for wind and terrain and a whole host of other pearls of wisdom that will ensure best practice and safety for the operator and others on site.


IPAF training in cherry pickers can be provided by many of the UK’s major hire companies. It is always worth contacting your local hire company or browsing on the internet to see which companies provide training near you. Training is often provided in dedicated centres but can also sometimes be arranged at your place of work. Whether you need the static boom cherry picker course (IPAF 1B), mobile boom cherry picker course (IPAF 3B) or both, the course will be able to be completed over the course of one day.

Advanced courses

In addition to the more general cherry picker courses that will suffice in most situations there are two further courses that could be of relevance depending on individual circumstance. Firstly, there is the PAL+ course, which in essence is an advanced training program for cherry picker operators. This is aimed at trained operators who by necessity must work in higher risk environments or on especially challenging terrain. This course goes into greater detail and tests the delegates’ ability to respond to difficult conditions. In addition, there is the IPAF MEWPs for managers course. This involves training in the supervisory recommendations for working at height on the whole range of machinery, including cherry pickers. It is always important that not only the operators but also the managers on site are fully trained in the appropriate working at height courses to ensure that everyone on site is kept as safe as possible.