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    INDUSTRY ISSUES NEW GUIDANCE ON MEWP STABILITY

    IPAF launch campaign on use of spreader plates with MEWP outriggers

    The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) launched a new safety campaign at APEX, calling for the proper assessment of ground conditions and the correct use of stabilisers, outriggers and spreader plates.

    IPAF’s “Spread the load!” campaign is built around the simple and straightforward messages:

    1. Spreader plates should always be used with boom-type mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) when fully supported on their outriggers.
    2. Spreader plates should be used with all other MEWPs that have outriggers unless a risk assessment indicates they are not necessary.

    The campaign started as an initiative of the IPAF UK Hire Committee’s Spreader Plates Sub-Group. Several campaign tools, available in different languages, have been developed to spread the message, including leaflets, posters, stickers and a video. 

    IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman said

    “MEWPs are generally very safe and stable but incorrect set-up can cause instability and lead to overturning. This is often the result of inadequate ground assessment, poor selection of spreader plates, or incorrect positioning of outriggers.

    The ‘Spread the load!’ campaign sets out to give clear and practical guidance on when and how to use spreader plates.”

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