In cooperation with the Scaffold and Access Industry Association, Safe Access, Fall Protection & Training (SAF-T) Conference will happen on July 24, 2013. The one-day conference immediately follows the SAIA 2013 Annual Convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in downtown Music City.

The SAF-T Conference promotes the safe use of powered access equipment to owners and end-users through discussions stemming from age-old issues to current events. Featured presentations and panel discussions will be led by some of the industry’s leading authorities on aerial work platform safety.

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. “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,” said Guy Ramsey, president of Maximum Capacity Media and publisher of Lift and Access, official publication of the SAF-T Conference.

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’s keynote address focused on safety obtained through innovation and technology. William Cochran, director of OSHA’s Nashville office, will follow the keynote by sharing the impact of developing a fall prevention campaign. Dorris also will moderate a roundtable discussion about online training.

Following up on a panel discussion from the Lift and Access Showcase & Symposium, Jeff Stachowiak, national safety training director at Sunbelt Rentals, will moderate a roundtable of major contractors who will discuss working at height using powered access equipment.

A recent addition to the agenda is Mike Willliamsen, Ph.D., CSP, and senior safety consultant for Caterpillar Safety Services. Williamsen’s presentation will discuss the value of near-miss reporting, 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.

Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack, will wrap up the day, presenting on safe movement of equipment on jobsites.

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