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Galmon opens state-of-the-art training facility

2015/06/03

Galmon’s founder and CEO Desmond Ong welcomed some 300 guests at the official opening of the new training facility.

A pledge for MEWP safety: Shawn Ong, COO of Galmon (left) and Tim Whiteman, IPAF CEO

IPAF-approved training centre Galmon has opened a state-of-the-art training facility in Singapore, marking its commitment to excellence and safety.

Galmon is Singapore’s largest access rental company, with a fleet of more than 3,000 machines. The new facility, the first of its kind in Asia, covers 6,700 square metres and two storeys, has 11 air-conditioned classrooms and an auditorium for 300, plus a large outdoor training area.

The Galmon Academy runs training courses accredited by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, IPAF operator and MEWPs for Managers courses, as well as courses from the mobile tower association PASMA.

Close to 300 guests attended the official opening at the end of May, including Hawazi Daipi, Singapore’s senior parliamentary secretary for Manpower and Education; and Frank Nerenhausen, president of JLG, which supplies a vast majority of Galmon’s MEWP fleet.

In his speech, Mr Daipi noted that falls from height remain a major cause of workplace fatalities in Singapore. A 2014 report by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute showed that they accounted for 17% of fatalities at work and 13% of major accidents.

He reported that the Ministry of Manpower had initiated an enforcement operation earlier in the year targeting work at height and lifting operations at construction sites. Of the 214 worksites inspected, 191 were found to have violated WSH rules. The ministry has launched initiatives to encourage the view that all injuries at work are preventable.

Mr Daipi added, “If we have this mindset, then the use of MEWPs instead of ladders and scaffold to undertake work at height is an obvious choice. First, MEWPs enhance productivity and are quicker to deploy. Second, and more importantly, they are safer to use as they remove the risks of climbing.”

Also present at the opening ceremony were Tim Whiteman, IPAF CEO, and Don Aers, PASMA technical director. Both individually signed a safety pledge with Galmon to demonstrate commitment to promoting excellence and safety.

Desmond Ong, Galmon’s founder and CEO, described how the company started with a small fleet of machines in 1982, when powered access was unheard of in Singapore. Galmon pioneered the use of MEWPs in Singapore – it was one of the first to introduce the equipment to the film, manufacturing and shipbuilding industries, and has become the largest distributor in Asia outside of Japan. The company won an International Award for Powered Access (IAPA) 2014 as Powered Access Pioneer.

Mr Ong said, “For Galmon, this is a very big step. We are doing more than just expanding on our work at height courses and enhancing our training.”

Galmon plans to partner safety associations such as the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers (SISO), IPAF, the Access and Scaffold Industry Association (ASIA) and PASMA to hold safety forums with industry stakeholders at its facility.

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