(PRWEB) March 21, 2013
The schedule for the SAF-T Conference is taking shape, offering a variety of thought-provoking topics centered around safely using powered access, developing fall protection programs, and training access platform users through an array of technologies. Hosted by Maximum Capacity Media on July 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn., the live powered access safety event will take place in conjunction with the Scaffold & Access Industry Association’s Annual Convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.
“Now in its sixth year, the SAF-T Conference has been held as a live event and as a web conference, providing information to thousands on the safe use of access platforms in North America,” said Guy Ramsey, president of Maximum Capacity Media and publisher of Lift and Access, official publication of the SAF-T Conference. “With presentations centered on the theme ‘Safety through Technology,’ operators, fleet managers, safety professionals, and equipment owners will learn the benefits of online training, interactive safety tools, and more at the SAF-T Conference this July.”
Joining the agenda is Mike Willliamsen, Ph.D., CSP senior safety consultant for Caterpillar Safety Services. Discussing the value of near-miss reporting, Williamsen’s presentation will review one of the most interactive safety tools to eliminate injuries. It will detail how individuals work together to solve close-call problems that put all employees at risk.
Other presenters at the SAF-T Conference include Jim Dorris, vice president of environmental, health and safety at United Rentals, who will kick off the day with the Opening Session focused on safety obtained through innovation and technology. Jeff Stachowiak, national safety training director at Sunbelt Rentals, will moderate a roundtable of major contractors and lead a discussion on working at heights with powered access equipment, and William Cochran, director of OSHA’s Nashville office, will share the impact of fall prevention campaigns. Another roundtable on online powered access training and familiarization, led by United Rentals, will take place at the conference, and Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack will wrap up the day, showing safe movement of equipment on jobsites.
In other news, Skyjack, Guelph, Ontario, has agreed to be the Platinum Sponsor for the SAF-T Conference, and United Rentals has signed on as the Gold Sponsor.
Look for more updates on http://www.saf-tconference.com.
8:30 a.m. —Opening Session
Safety through Innovation and Technology
Jim Dorris, United Rentals
9:15 a.m. —Fall Protection
What is the Impact of the Fall Prevention Campaign?
William Cochran, OSHA
10:30 a.m. —Break
10:45 a.m. —Aerial Work Platforms
Online Training Evolution, Opportunities, and Concerns, Plus Familiarization: Is it Making Things Safer or Just Reducing Service Calls?
Roundtable Moderated by United Rentals
12:00 p.m. —Lunch Break
12:45 p.m. —Aerial Work Platforms
Working at Height: A Contractor’s Perspective
Roundtable Moderated by Jeff Stachowiak, Sunbelt Rentals
2:15 p.m.—Technology Tools
Near-Miss Reporting: The Missing Link of the Safety Culture Revolution
Mike Wiliamsen, Caterpillar Safety Services
3:15 p.m.—Aerial Work Platforms
Safe Movement of Equipment on Jobsites
Brad Boehler, Skyjack
About Maximum Capacity Media
Headquartered in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Maximum Capacity Media publishes magazines and produces events that emphasize safety, technology, and innovations of lifting equipment introduced in North America and Europe. Lift and Access magazine, official publication of the SAF-T Conference, is North America’s most comprehensive lifting equipment magazine. Each issue of Lift and Access analyzes new technologies, discusses industry trends, emphasizes equipment safety, and reviews unique applications for powered access, forklifts, and small cranes. For more information, visit http://www.liftandaccess.com.
About the SAIA
The Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) is a non-profit trade 501(c)(6) association committed to raising the standards of professionalism within the scaffold and access industry. The SAIA represents all facets of the scaffold & access industry through various councils that include, aerial work platform, construction hoist, fall protection equipment, international, industrial, mast climbing, plank and platform, supported scaffold and suspended scaffold. Through its various programs, the SAIA promotes safety, training and a highly professional, responsible image of the scaffold and access professional. The SAIA delivers hundreds of safety training programs a year at various locations throughout the world. These programs cover all aspects of scaffold and access safety and equipment use. The SAIA is also the secretariat for the American National Standard, SAIA ASC A92 standards. For more information, visit http://www.saiaonline.org.