The Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia Incorporated (EWPAA) is a vital part of the Elevating Work Platform industry in Australia.
The EWPA’s CODE OF ETHICS and CODE OF CONDUCT are important documents to read:
Well, a concerned group of rental fleet owners, manufacturers and suppliers of Elevating Work Platforms formed the Association in 1987. These people were concerned that the industry was growing rapidly across Australia without adequate co-ordination or support services. There was no forum to discuss issues affecting the industry, no specific operator training programs and no uniform standards of safety, service and ethics of conduct for the industry.
Without a National Association to co-ordinate the growth of EWPs the industry was in danger of being spoilt whilst still in its infancy.
The EWPAA was quickly established on a national basis with membership being drawn from all segments of the industry ensuring that key areas of concern could be effectively addressed and solutions developed to overcome them.
The EWPAA always had a close affiliation with the Hire and Rental Association to the point where it merged with the HRA in 1994. This helped to expand the membership base to include rental fleet owners and major users of EWPs away from the more traditional markets. Membership rapidly grew to over 100. However, with the continuing growth of the elevating work platform market it was decided, by the membership, to once again become an independent, National Association.
So, in January 1998 the Elevating Work Platform Association of Australia was incorporated. Membership is now in excess of 300 and includes the major rental fleet owners, manufacturers, users and supporters of this industry. The Association is run through a National Executive, supported by State Committees, which meet regularly to ensure effective communication between all members on the key issues that affect this industry.