The first wave of MEWP Technician Apprentices with their SpanSet Safety Harnesses.

SpanSet are delighted to offer continued support to engineering apprentices specialising in MEWPs

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors and contractors. Representatives sit on the IPAF UK Country Council and help steer the organisation.

The council recognised the growing demand from industry for qualified MEWP engineers, leading to the development in 2021 of IPAF’s Roadmap to Qualified MEWP Technician or Engineer Status.

The Level 3 Lift Truck and Powered Access Technician apprenticeship forms part of this roadmap and entails a total of 10 weeks per year studying at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College. The first intake of apprentices started their 3-year course in April 2021 and due to its popularity, a further 36 apprentices started later in the year! 

SpanSet were delighted to support this important initiative and provided 9 safety harnesses.
SpanSet are proud to once again support IPAF and the apprentices with a donation of a further 34 2-X full body harnesses and appropriate lanyards worth £3,000.


'We have been delighted with the response to this trailblazing apprenticeship and the demand for places in 2022. We’d like to thank SpanSet for their generous equipment donation and their continued support of the apprenticeship scheme’.  Richard Whiting, IPAF’s UK & Ireland Market General Manager

SpanSet have been members of IPAF for 20+ years. Rob Hinton, Global Head of Product Line - Height Safety.  Rob sits on the IPAF UK Country Council.

‘SpanSet were a strong supporter for IPAF in their development of the original “Clunk, Clip” campaign.  We played a key role in the implementation of the intuitive by training IPAF instructors to deliver harness knowledge as part of the PAL certification scheme. SpanSet are now proud to continue to support IPAF in promoting safety in the next generation of engineers and technicians entering the industry’. Rob Hinton, SpanSet Ltd


The second wave of MEWP Technician Apprentices


Why choose a SpanSet harness?

Designed with the worker in mind.

For the worker’s safety, SpanSet full body harnesses are designed to be straightforward to fit and adjust.  In the event of a fall our harnesses support the worker correctly, without stretching or distortion.  Safety – it’s what we do.

As long hours are spent working in a harness, comfort and ease of movement are essential. SpanSet harnesses are manufactured using top quality, supple webbing to ensure an ergonomic, secure and comfortable fit.  

Cost effective – SpanSet’s harnesses are hardwearing and durable in use.  Lasting longer than harnesses made with cheaper materials.

All SpanSet harnesses feature:


High quality, supple polyester webbing woven to SpanSet specification – forms to the worker’s shape for an ergonomic, secure and comfortable fit.


Corrosion resistant fittings - polished for ease of adjustment and fitting.


Reinforced at high wear areas.


Clear labelling showing model, year of manufacture, standards tested to and individual serial number for traceability.


Fitting instructions in pictorial form.


Stitch patterns clearly visible for ease of inspection.



Web tidies to secure loose ends.


Anyone interested in placing an apprentice can contact Richard Whiting for further information.