Manlift and MEFMA

Manlift, the UAE’s largest supplier of access platforms and power generators, has signed a strategic alliance with the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) to supply IPAF and PASMA training to its members.

As a certified IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufactures’ Association) training centre, Manlift will work closely with MEFMA and its members to introduce IPAF and PASMA certification and further improve the standards of users who operate at height across the industry.

The IPAF qualifications available are recognised internationally and certified by TÜV as conforming to the international standards of mobile elevating work platforms under operator training.

Upon successful completion of IPAF, trained users will be issued by Manlift with a powered access licence (PAL), which is recognised worldwide across industries as proof of aerial work platform (AWP) operator training to the highest standard.

MEFMA director Sinead Bridgett said: "We see this as a valuable service offering to our members and the wider facilities management community, as Manlift offers best in class training, support and user certification for all operators who pass the working at height courses."

Manlift managing director Tom Cunningham said: "Manlift is delighted to be in partnership with MEFMA. We admire the MEFMA organisation for its commitment to professionalism, leadership, teamwork, operational excellence and safety in the workplace. We look forward to doing great things together."

As part of this initiative Manlift, which already has an extensive selection of rental equipment that exceeds 1,500 in the Middle East, will inject further low-level access aerial work platforms into their fleet. These will assist MEFMA members and the facilities management community, so they can meet specific on-site requirements. In addition to this, Manlift is increasing the number of IPAF and PASMA authorised training instructors within their organisation.

Manlift Group’s operations and technical manager and certified IPAF training instructor Robert Cavaleri said: "This is an excellent partnership for all involved, especially as we see an ever increasing requirement from our customers that clients are demanding IPAF and PASMA training for all operators working at height."

Manlift will also be offering exclusive training days to MEFMA members, which will increase awareness of all things related to working safely at height.

Manlift believes that the Middle East regulations for working at height will fast approach those used in Europe, and that IPAF certification and powered access licences will eventually become mandatory for all those working on AWPs at height in the region.

The Manlift Group was founded in 2006 and specialises in the rental and sale of powered access machines (MEWPS) and temporary power generators.

With over 1500 machines available within their fleet, all of which are from the world’s leading manufacturers such as JLG, Upright, Teupen, Genie, Power Tower, and access machines and diesel generators from Cummins, Perkins and Ingersoll Rand, Manlift provides unparalleled solutions to clients within the GCC and surrounding region.