Eagle Platforms | Access Platform Hire | IPAF Training | Sheffield https://www.eagleplatforms.com Eagle Platforms Ltd, we supply the next generation of Access Platforms on time, every time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:47:18 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-loginlogo-32x32.png Eagle Platforms | Access Platform Hire | IPAF Training | Sheffield https://www.eagleplatforms.com 32 32 Eagle’s Eyrie Grows: Watch Us Soar! https://www.eagleplatforms.com/eagles-eyrie-grows-watch-us-soar Mon, 18 Jan 2021 09:47:18 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=50075 Eagle Platforms never rest in our pursuit to build the very best fleet of working at height machinery that the market has to offer. As technology and designs evolve, so we must expand our horizons and seek out the best equipment possible to ensure the optimal safety, efficiency and durability of our fleet. The new […]

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Eagle Platforms never rest in our pursuit to build the very best fleet of working at height machinery that the market has to offer. As technology and designs evolve, so we must expand our horizons and seek out the best equipment possible to ensure the optimal safety, efficiency and durability of our fleet.

The new machines will be arriving at Eagle HQ in the middle of February, providing a welcome boost and something to look forward to in what is proving a long, tough winter for most. The order comprises of 30 plus machines manufactured by Eagle Platforms favourite Haulotte, in what is an order worth an eye watering £2M.

This order expands what is already an extensive supply of Haulotte machines in Eagle’s nest of inventory. It means that Eagle Platforms are now proud to be able to supply the following Haulotte telehandlers: 7M; 10M; 12M; 13M and 17M units. The largest units have a staggering lift capacity of 4 tonnes, while even the smallest telehandler from Haulotte can deal with loads of up to 3.2 tonnes!

Haulotte are world renowned for their exceptional designs and highly spec’d equipment that always seeks to push the boundaries of comfort, safety, efficiency and performance. Their telehandlers have no match and come with a whole raft of extras that customers will love, including:

  • Manitou compatible headgear, making attachments interchangeable with other manufacturers.
  • Side shift forks
  • Hydraulic PTO making it easy to add attachments
  • Cameras to aid in reversing
  • Crane jib attachments
  • Fork extensions
  • Ergonomic and intuitive cab
  • Smart control 4 in 1 joystick
  • A driving position that is designed to reduce working fatigue
  • E-tronic and backlit dashboard with centralized controls and real time information feedback

We feel that the HTL range of telehandlers from Haulotte is one to be proud of and Eagle Platforms will have an even more comprehensive stock from this range come mid-February. Not only do the machines maximise precision and user comfort, they are incredibly ergonomic, put safety first and are very easy to maintain, minimizing downtime and if something does go wrong the way they are built makes them quick to fix and service.

Don’t forget that Eagle Platforms can fulfil all of your IPAF training requirements for telehandlers with the CPCS, NPORS or ITSAAR schemes in place and mewps training, under the IPAF Operator banner. We offer both 3A (for Scissor Lifts) and 3B (for Cherry Pickers) categories as well as the PAL+ course for advanced users working in more challenging terrain, confined spaces and higher risk environments. Our training courses are currently available at a heavily discounted price and we have made great adjustments to our programmes to bring them in line with Covid-19 protocol so that our staff and delegates will feel safe.

Call our hire team now on 0344 693 3303 or email us at hire@eagleplatforms.com and get a great quote for telehandler hire or training and sector leading access platforms today.

All deliveries and our training takes place with strict COVID protocols in place. Please confirm ahead of delivery that your site is able to accept us safely.

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Eagle Platforms – Christmas Message https://www.eagleplatforms.com/eagle-platforms-christmas-message Mon, 21 Dec 2020 09:03:27 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=50051 One of the most challenging years in living memory draws to a sad close for many, with Christmas restrictions announced, but there is, we must hope a light at the end of a long tunnel and thanks to a vaccine, hopefully normal life will be allowed to resume in 2021. Eagle Platforms would like to […]

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One of the most challenging years in living memory draws to a sad close for many, with Christmas restrictions announced, but there is, we must hope a light at the end of a long tunnel and thanks to a vaccine, hopefully normal life will be allowed to resume in 2021.

Eagle Platforms would like to thank all of our valued clients for their custom over the last 12 months and in many cases, for the preceding years. Thanks to all for being vigilant in following Government guidance with regards to precautions to guard against a positive COVID test. A single positive test affecting either of our companies and families could be devastating, so we really appreciate all of the efforts you have taken to avoid this scenario.

The continued awareness of the site teams of all of our customers is much appreciated.

Our offices will close for Christmas from the 22nd December at 5PM and re-open in the New Year on 4th January 2021 with the usual start times in place.

Please note that we are open to supply and maintain your hired equipment throughout the festive season and we can be reached, as ever, at these points of contact.

Once again, stay safe and on behalf of all directors and the team at Eagle Platforms, we thank you for your support!

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Brand new delivery of JCB Scissor Lifts Arrives https://www.eagleplatforms.com/brand-new-delivery-of-jcb-scissor-lifts-arrives Mon, 21 Dec 2020 09:01:30 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=50047 Eagle Platforms are delighted to announce what is a final, exciting piece of news for 2020, in the delivery of 3 different JCB Scissor Lifts to add to our ever expanding fleet of the highest quality working at height vehicles. We have added the following pieces of equipment, all available for hire: • JCB S1930E […]

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Eagle Platforms are delighted to announce what is a final, exciting piece of news for 2020, in the delivery of 3 different JCB Scissor Lifts to add to our ever expanding fleet of the highest quality working at height vehicles.

We have added the following pieces of equipment, all available for hire:

• JCB S1930E – 7.8m working height and the only 30” wide outdoor model on the UK market.
• JCB S4046E – 13.9m working height and comes complete with non-marking solid tyres as well as an extending deck.
• JCB S4550E – 15.8m lift height. While this is the largest standard size unit on the planet it still weighs less than 3.5 tonnes!

As you can see, this range comes 3 distinct sizes and we have cherry picked these machines with you, our customers fully in our thoughts. All 3 benefit from JCB’s infamously high level of quality and are perfect for a smooth, efficient rental experience. All three benefit from the following important characteristics:

* Controls that are simple to use, while enabling improved productivity & precision
* A Design that is compact, without compromising on lifting capacity!
* Collapsible handrails for boosted manoeuvrability.
* A short turning radius for improved working efficiency in tight conditions.
* Simple to service, eliminating unnecessary and costly downtime.

We would be delighted to discuss your rental requirements today, so please feel free to get in touch with one of our dedicated team members to book your equipment now.

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New GMG 6094 Rough Terrain Scissors & New Haulotte HA41 RTJ Pro Booms https://www.eagleplatforms.com/new-gmg-6094-rough-terrain-scissors-new-haulotte-ha41-rtj-pro-booms Fri, 27 Nov 2020 12:20:30 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=50030 Eagle Platforms are never short of excuses to expand our fleet and this time it is two brand new models of scissor lifts and booms respectively that triggered the move to expanding what is already a comprehensive fleet of vehicles across the working at height gamut. The GMG 6094-RT Scissor Lift The scissor lift comes […]

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Eagle Platforms are never short of excuses to expand our fleet and this time it is two brand new models of scissor lifts and booms respectively that triggered the move to expanding what is already a comprehensive fleet of vehicles across the working at height gamut.

The GMG 6094-RT Scissor Lift

The scissor lift comes from prestigious manufacturer GMG and is the 60694-RT model, the ‘RT’ standing for ‘Rough Terrain.’ This is an impressive beast that boasts a 24’10” (7.55m) platform when extended. While the dual deck extensions mean it is known as an ‘ultra-deck’ model. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the features that make the GMG 60694-RT such an impressive addition.

• 110v Generator as standard, fully automated hydraulic outriggers (can work independently or auto-levelling)
• 7m plus deck size with double extenders, and 20m working height
• Solid RT wheels on oscillating axles with material loading points at the front & rear
• Quiet mode option & full 4wd traction system
• Material loading, Front/Rear
• Fully proportional Drive/Lift
• Solid cushion tires
• Lanyard attachments as standard

There are also some highly impressive safety features, which as a training provider, Eagle Platforms obviously takes incredibly seriously. These are:

• Emergency shut-off at platform and lower controls
• Non-skid platform deck
• Quality alarm
• Self-closing swing gates
• Multi-axis tilt sensor
• Scissor maintenance lock
• Emergency lowering system
• Horn

Easy maintenance access to mechanical and electronic parts make for easy repairs in the unlikely event of a problem, reducing any downtime.

The Haulotte HA41 RTJ Pro Boom

The other brand new model that Eagle Platforms have added is the HA41 RTJ Pro Boom from mainstay manufacturer Haulotte, who are always at the top of the pile for quality machines. This is another Rough Terrain model benefitting from some outstanding characteristics as standard:

• High quality performance and very easy to operate
• Continuous outreach control
• Outstanding rough terrain driving features including 4 wheel drive and steer, and a front oscillating axle increasing stability over uneven ground
• Up to 4 simultaneous, proportional movements
• Optimized service ability
• Exclusive modular basket easy and quick to repair, reducing downtime
• Self-diagnosis tool integrated on the lower control box
• Incredibly safe feel during operation
• The smallest turning radius on the market, making it suitable for work in tight conditions as well as over rougher terrain

The Haulotte boom also makes use of Biodegradable hydraulic oil, making it more environmentally sound. In terms of the technical data of the boom, some of the more notable examples include:

• A working height of 41.5m
• A platform height of 39.5m
• Horizontal outreach of 20.1m
• Lift capacity of 230kg (2 people)
• A stowed height of 2.99m
• A stowed length of 13.1m
• A weight of 23,900kg

Both the scissor lift and boom are available for hire and will play a valuable new role in what has become one of the most comprehensive fleets of working at height machinery in the UK.

Get in touch with one of our dedicated team members for details.

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Everything you need to know about the IPAF PAL Card https://www.eagleplatforms.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-ipaf-pal-card Wed, 18 Nov 2020 19:08:13 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=50025 With the huge strides Eagle Platforms have made to expand and perfect our IPAF training programmes in recent years and the extensive efforts to make our testing programmes Covid-secure, we thought it wise to explain just what an IPAF PAL Card provides for its recipients. We will look at what an IPAF PAL Card is, […]

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With the huge strides Eagle Platforms have made to expand and perfect our IPAF training programmes in recent years and the extensive efforts to make our testing programmes Covid-secure, we thought it wise to explain just what an IPAF PAL Card provides for its recipients. We will look at what an IPAF PAL Card is, how it is obtained and who can benefit from the PAL card, as well as looking at the latest Smart PAL Card.

What is a PAL Card?

The IPAF PAL (Powered Access Licence) Card is recognised across the globe, industrywide as proof of the highest level of platform operator training. IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) accredit the training required to obtain the PAL card (as provided by Eagle Platforms) and it is issued to platform operators who, as delegates are able to successfully complete a training course accredited by IPAF. Every year over 150,000 PAL Cards are issued via IPAF approved training centres worldwide, a figure towards which Eagle Platforms are proud to contribute.

Who can benefit from a PAL Card?

The individual
The short answer to this question is anyone who is required to work at height and use access equipment. This could include construction workers, painters and decorators, window cleaners (especially of large blocks) and even electricians. Platforms are designed to be easy to use and offer a safe way to work at height, but with basic training, users will be able to use the equipment more effectively and safely.

The employer
Employers will benefit greatly from ensuring that their staff are properly trained at working at height safely and in turn from them possessing the IPAF Pal Card to prove this to potential clients. Employers will be able to rest easy that all legal requirements will have been fulfilled and having employees properly trained will create a better working environment not to mention a boost to efficiency and productivity.

The Smart PAL Card

The latest up-to-date IPAF PAL Card is the award-winning Smart PAL Card, which is machine-readable and is devised to be used to make sure that only trained operators are using MEWPs on site.

Successful IPAF trainees are awarded the Smart PAL Card, which remains valid for five years and displays the level and machine categories that the operator has been trained in. The card features a photograph of the cardholder as well as their signature and can be verified by employers on the IPAF website (www.ipaf.org).

The new smart PAL card, when paired with a suitable reading device is excellent for facilitating efficient and safe control of machine access and dramatically improving site safety as managers are able to easily monitor who has access to MEWPs. The reader will also enable site managers to check who has been using machines and for how long, to help reduce fatigue and further mitigate against the potential for injury.

Eagle Platforms remains open for all of its training programmes and the demand remains extremely high, so please do not hesitate to get in touch for booking enquiries.

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Eagle Platforms Elevates Recruitment Drive https://www.eagleplatforms.com/eagle-platforms-elevates-recruitment-drive Thu, 08 Oct 2020 14:21:24 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=50000 Never a company to follow trends, but rather a dynamic business that looks to lead the way, often forging a new path through the rocky terrain of the access platforms industry, Eagle Platforms, Sheffield are continuing to rage against the machine, bucking the trend of battening down the hatches during the Covid-19 pandemic by continuing […]

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Never a company to follow trends, but rather a dynamic business that looks to lead the way, often forging a new path through the rocky terrain of the access platforms industry, Eagle Platforms, Sheffield are continuing to rage against the machine, bucking the trend of battening down the hatches during the Covid-19 pandemic by continuing to grow and deliberately expand the successful specialist lift and platform hire business that has helped them to establish themselves as a major player in the industry.

Eagle Platforms call Anston, Sheffield their home and are immensely proud of their Yorkshire roots. It is also a source of great pride that they’ve been able to recruit five new employees in a time of great economic uncertainty to help meet the growing demand for products. The construction industry has not really stopped at any point during the pandemic and as such, there have always been openings for new projects and a demand for MEWPs, cherry pickers and booms, not to mention the essential training programmes that help keep everyone on site safe and sound. Among the new workers are two mobile platform technicians, a sales executive, a hire desk administrator and a driver.

In alignment with other local employers in the Rother Valley area, Eagle Platforms are a big supporter of apprenticeships. Over the last nine years there has been a constant influx of young apprentices and 2020 was hoped to prove no exception, in spite of the challenges. Eagle Platforms were initially delighted to have offered two new recruits apprentice positions as NVQ L2 plant mechanics. Unfortunately a lack of funding has meant that the successful candidates have had to be informed that they will no longer be offered positions at the present, which was a heavy-hearted decision completely out of the hands of the company.

Eagle Platforms were never going to let this rest and have engaged in correspondence with the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) and the Ashkham Bryan College, York who provide the apprentice training. Following these conversations it became apparent that there was a funding issue and Eagle Platforms have moved on to contact their local Rother Valley MP. With the government’s insistence on the importance of youth employment and indeed apprenticeships, there is some hope of a resolution in the near future. A survey undertaken by Resolution Foundation found that Covid-19 had led to 1/3 of 18-24 year olds losing work as a result of the pandemic. To the young people of the Rother Valley area and in particular the disappointed potential apprentices, Eagle Platforms felt a moral obligation to take matters further.

Dan Stewart, Operations Director at Eagle Platforms offered: “As a business we continue to grow and are excited by our prospects. However, it is a great shame we’ve been unable to employ the apprentices we were planning to add to our team.”

“We have been liaising closely with several organisations including the CITB. Contractors Plant Association (CPA), Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and our local Rother Valley MP to resolve the issue. Everyone is doing their bit, so we hope it will all be resolved quickly.”

“It is vitally important to offer young people opportunities in the work place, especially in these uncertain times. The young people of today are the business leaders and decision makers of tomorrow, thinking that is strongly engrained into the mind-set at Eagle Platforms.”

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Eagle Platforms reaches new heights at power station project https://www.eagleplatforms.com/eagle-platforms-reaches-new-heights-at-power-station-project Thu, 08 Oct 2020 14:18:34 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=50001 The world in 2020 is waking up to a world in which the case for green has never been more compelling. With this, as well as a strong commitment to diversification and grabbing opportunities when they arise, the chance for Eagle Platforms to get involved with a major Bio Power Station project was just too […]

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The world in 2020 is waking up to a world in which the case for green has never been more compelling. With this, as well as a strong commitment to diversification and grabbing opportunities when they arise, the chance for Eagle Platforms to get involved with a major Bio Power Station project was just too good to be true. The project in question is Hooton Bio Power Station, under construction in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, on the banks of the historic river Mersey.

This is such a unique project as it uses the EfW (Energy from Waste) model in order to transform waste into energy. It also breaks new ground, representing the first non-subsidised Power Station of its size that will be entirely based around fluidised bed technology. The waste gasification side of things will be handled by Kobelco Eco Solutions, a Japanese entity.

With the Covid-19 pandemic still very much an issue and the economy having contracted by around 20% there is a real opportunity to work towards a greener economy with projects such as this one providing jobs, energy and a sustainable future. The power station, once complete will be able to convert around 250,000 tonnes of municipal methane waste into energy with net zero carbon emissions. After taking into account the running needs of the plant itself the resultant energy will be enough to power circa 50,000 homes, representing a very significant contribution to the grid. It is a real boost to the profile of Eagle Platforms to be able to contribute to this outstanding scheme.

Dan Stewart, Operations Director of Eagle Platforms, said: “We are delighted to be involved in what is a significant project as the UK looks to a greener, more sustainable future, and works towards achieving its ambitious Net Zero by the 2050 target.

“We live in an increasingly delicate environment and are very aware that we all must contribute in a positive way to reducing damaging emissions. Our key involvement in projects such as this one, as well as our continued investment in zero carbon emission, electric and hybrid technology, is testament to our commitment to a greener planet.”

In terms of Eagle Platforms’ contributions, they are predominantly two-fold, in that 1) Eagle Platforms will provide training for the workers on site and 2) the construction and operational requirements of the project will be fulfilled via the provision of a vast range of equipment to carry out the work on the power station itself.

Firstly, in terms of the training, Eagle Platforms will bring some of their most popular PASMA and IPAF accredited training courses to the table, helping to ensure safe and best practice on site. Among these training courses, will be:

• IPAF 3A and 3B courses
• Telehandler driver training
• Harness Loading
• PASMA scaffold training
• MEWPs for Managers

The provision of equipment for a project of this scale has been made possible by the continued expansion of Eagle Platforms’ fleets and as such they have been able to contribute:

• A range of scissor lifts, varying from smaller 6m models to much larger 17m beasts.
• Cherry pickers with maximum heights from 12m to 41m, including the brand new zero emission HA41PRO.

In addition to the equipment there will be contractors on site in order to coordinate the equipment requirements.
Taking part in this project and being involved in both training and the provision of equipment is a big boost to the ever-growing portfolio of projects and clients on the Eagle Platforms books and it is hoped that I will represent one of many such projects in 2020 and beyond.

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Revitalising the Oldest Stadium in the World https://www.eagleplatforms.com/revitalising-the-oldest-stadium-in-the-world Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:46:37 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=49995 Everyone’s a Blade aren’t they? Or so Sheffield United fans would have you believe. What is indisputable is that Bramall Lane, which started life as a cricket ground, is the oldest stadium in the world. Opening in April 1855, it was at first only used for cricket purposes, before being converted for football use in […]

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Everyone’s a Blade aren’t they? Or so Sheffield United fans would have you believe. What is indisputable is that Bramall Lane, which started life as a cricket ground, is the oldest stadium in the world. Opening in April 1855, it was at first only used for cricket purposes, before being converted for football use in 1862, now remaining one of the oldest grounds in the world still used for professional football. Bramall Lane is not only the oldest stadium in the world it has also been a stadium of many ‘firsts’.

• Possibly the first charity football match ever was played there between Sheffield FC & Hallam FC on 29th December 1862.
• The first professional game played under floodlights in 1878 between the same two teams.
• The fixed crossbar was first used there in 1883.
• Brian Deane scored the first ever Premier League goal in front of the Kop against Manchester United in 1992.

It’s not just cricket and football that have graced Bramall Lane, it’s also played host to myriad other sports and events from rugby, cycling and athletics to crown green bowls and rock concerts. In 1975 the construction of a new main stand put the final nail in the coffin of the cricketing part of Bramall Lane’s history. This would have been a sad day for Yorkshire cricket legends like Geoffrey Boycott but these days Sheffield United are a premier league outfit, having consolidated their place in the top division in their first season back and the famous atmosphere in the ground almost took the roof off at times.

While this season the team will have to (at least to begin with) cope without their fans and the sound of the famous “Greasy Chip Butty” anthem spurring them on, the plyers will still feel honoured to grace the hallowed turf of a stadium steeped in history. History is in a state of constant flux, of course and only recently the Bramall Lane stadium has begun the process of yet further renovation work, with Eagle Platforms Ltd. supplying specialist lift and platform hire to a project in the heart of their local community. This is just the sort of project that Eagle Platforms loves to be involved in – something that has a direct positive impact on the local community. While the initial intention was to get the renovation of the Kop (the first in what will be a series of improvements going forward) finished in time for the start of the new season, Covid-19 put a spanner in the works, but fingers crossed that the renovation will be completed by the time that fans are allowed back into stadiums providing that much needed lifeblood for football clubs nationwide.

While early days, the beginning of the 2020/21 season has not been a great one for the Blades, perhaps proving what an incredible influence their fans have on the team. These are early days, however, and Eagle Platforms and DG Decorators, who are partnered in getting the renovation work done, will be keeping everything crossed that Sheffield United will have an even more successful season than last time around.

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Eagle Platforms – September Update https://www.eagleplatforms.com/eagle-platforms-september-update Thu, 08 Oct 2020 13:42:47 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=49992 And so, summer is over and autumn is here and just as the seasons keep moving along so do things at Eagle Platforms. Our work is never complete as we strive to deliver the very best quality training and the latest and most user-friendly working at height equipment on the market. September brings with it […]

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And so, summer is over and autumn is here and just as the seasons keep moving along so do things at Eagle Platforms.

Our work is never complete as we strive to deliver the very best quality training and the latest and most user-friendly working at height equipment on the market.

September brings with it some exciting news and offers so let’s take a look at just what is on the table at Eagle Platforms HQ this September.

IPAF Scissor & Boom Course offer

Eagle Platforms are delighted to offer a dedicated Scissor (3A) & Boom (3B) course, with Harness included for only £250 plus VAT. Places on this course are being snapped up very quickly, so in order to ensure your place on a course it is recommended that you get on the phone to confirm your booking – 0344 693 3303 or alternatively email us at hire@eagleplatforms.com. All bookings for the remainder of this week (commencing 21/09) will receive a further 10% discount off the quoted price for this course!

Important IPAF card information

There is never a bad time to ensure that your IPAF card is up to date, but because of Covid-19 and the restrictions it has brought, the procrastinators among us have been allowed a grace period of 90 days. But, be warned, this grace period ends on 30th September for all IPAF cards that were due to expire during the national lockdown. The reason for allowing this grace period was to ensure that critical operations could continue throughout the lockdown.

You have until 30th September to ensure that you are up to date. Eagle Platforms are here to help, with daily IPAF courses in place to ensure that all of your workforce can be ready for all eventualities. Contact our team to get booked in today!

Picnic hamper and whisky for a Google Review!

With the ‘new normal’ it is more important than ever that our valued customers help out by spreading the good word about working alongside Eagle Platforms. Whether you’ve benefitted from our training courses or the hire of our premium equipment word of mouth and peer reviews are more important than ever. In spite of everything, Eagle Platforms are one of the fastest growing access providers in the UK and we’d like to keep the momentum going.

So, we are asking for your help in spreading the word. If you write a Google review, perhaps answering the following questions in the text, we’ll put you in the draw for some amazing prizes:

* Have you been impressed by our COVID precautions?
* How are our drivers performing? On time deliveries using the correct PPE?
* Is the new IPAF Training system more efficient?

Do our arrangements and procedures make you feel safe when training?

If you leave us a review on Google before September 30th, you will have the chance to win a picnic hamper with goodies worth over £200.

The runner up will be able to welcome in the darker nights with a fine bottle of Scotch! Click this link to leave a review…

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What to Expect on an IPAF Operator Course https://www.eagleplatforms.com/what-to-expect-on-an-ipaf-operator-course Thu, 08 Oct 2020 08:29:45 +0000 https://www.eagleplatforms.com/?p=49983 If you are signed up for an IPAF Operator course you might want some information on what you will be doing on the day, especially in the light of the changes resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone likes to be prepared, both physically and mentally for any given assignment, with the added need for assurance […]

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If you are signed up for an IPAF Operator course you might want some information on what you will be doing on the day, especially in the light of the changes resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. Everyone likes to be prepared, both physically and mentally for any given assignment, with the added need for assurance in the light of our current situation. Eagle Platforms have fully Covid-safe facilities including an exclusive building entry and exit for visitors (roller shutters).

With social distancing and the need to avoid crowded classrooms, the theory part of the course may well be carried out online. The eLearning theory session now includes facial recognition software that eliminates the need to be present and identified in a classroom environment. The idea of a test may seem daunting, but there are only 30 questions in a multiple choice format and there will be a dry run, so as long as you give your full attention to the learning session you should be fine!

For the practical part of the test there will be a large, well ventilated training area that will allow for social distancing guidelines to be adhered to and for everyone to be and feel safe at all times. There are clear and strict provisions made to sanitise all equipment before and after use. The practical test is staggered at different times throughout the day to allow for smaller numbers on any given test. This is a factor that has already proved invaluable to businesses that are left short-staffed due to furloughing. In essence they will not lose delegates for an entire day, but rather a maximum of several hours for the practical test.

Everyone taking the course will be instructed on best practice when it comes to the safe operation, optimal selection and thorough inspection of MEWPs in the workplace. In addition all attendees are made aware of the best practice in the wearing and maintenance of their PPE, specifically safety harnesses.

The 3A/3B modules are the most popular in terms of attendance, but there is also a PAL+ course, that beefs up these modules to make them more relevant for operators who are tasked with using MEWPs on more challenging terrain and difficult environments.

After equipping themselves with the necessary safety kit each delegate will be introduced to the MEWPs that they are going to use for the practical learning and test. The instructor will help them get to grips with the safety features, structural parts and workings of the model they’re using and they will learn about maintenance checks and inspections. After this they will be able to get into the driver’s seat and have a practice run on the MEWP, involving attempting to avoid some cones and practicing common manoeuvres in a variety of positions to replicate site operation. When they’ve got to grips with the MEWP they will be asked to demonstrate their handling skills in a practical test, which will be the final hurdle before they obtain your PAL card.

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