Kenya Ports train vehicle platform operators in safety

Kenya Ports Authority trained supervisors and vehicle mounted platform operators at Kilindini docks in occupational health and safety in 2011.

Gary Phillipson, an IOSH graduate and International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) senior instructor at Facelift GB, visited Kenya to present the training, related to work at height and mobile equipment operation.

This is the first time such training has been done in Kenya, reports Coastweek. “Kenyans are “hospitable and ready to learn”, said Phillipson.

All 10 KPA delegates passed the final test and examination, and qualified to the relevant IPAF standard, “and that does not often happen”, commented Phillipson. “Usually some delegates do not make the grade after their first course.”

KPO candidates at the IPAF training included Samuel Hiro, Moses Ouko, Maryam Mohamed Kidere, Albert Kirkoech Tawui, Martin Mvuko Kombo, Philip Mwashigadi, Peter Mwamlamba, Baya Mbao, Moses Ndung’u and Ahmed Abdulrahman.

Supervisors who also took the IPAF course included Bigvai Kachila, Michael Kaba, Willy Lusigi, Catherine Karye and Ezekiel Lepapis.

Training ensures safety performance

Kanya Ports Authority aims to maintain their good health and safety record, as well as technical knowledge and use of machinery, requiring sustained training of workers.

Kenya Ports Authority is the first to undertake this specialised training in East Africa, or in sub Saharan Africa”

Facelift GB obtained permission from IPAF to teach their relevant regulations in Africa. KPA is a member of the British Safety Council (BSC), which gives them the authority to receive UK based training.
Phillipson said he would return to Kenya for further training work, and for a holiday with his family.

PHOTO; Sme of the 10 certified Kenya Port Authority Vehicle Mounted Platform operators, with senior International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) instructor Gary Phillipson. (Coastweek)

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