Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic

    RESEARCHERS DOUBT MEWP TRAINING EFFECTIVENESS

    HSE commissioned research questions comprehension of ‘entrapment’ risk

    HSE has carried out a programme of research projects focused on MEWPs in order to provide a better understanding of some of the issues involved and to help work towards their improved and safer design and operation.

    The work detailed in Research Report RR960 Mobile elevated work platforms Phase 3 aimed to capture MEWP end users knowledge in relation to the key risk factors for entrapment/crushing whilst operating MEWPS, using insights gained from their experiences of near misses/incidents. 

    Key messages identified by researchers

    The researchers identified the following Key Messages which are the opinions and/or conclusions of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

    1. Knowledge – critical knowledge gaps have been exposed by this research, in particular where end users have explicitly stated that certain issues are not risk factors for entrapment, yet these have been identified as such by subject matter experts.
    2. Comprehension– mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) training is not fully effective in instilling the right knowledge, both offsite (MEWP training courses) and onsite (inadequate risk assessments, vague emergency procedures, lack of refresher training, lack of toolbox talks and low awareness of the “Best Practice Guidance for MEWPs”). Cumulatively, this may be an indication of industry’s lack of comprehension of the risks of entrapment.
    3. Training interventions – this lack of knowledge should be addressed by interventions, for example, enhancing the MEWP training courses and calling for contractors to address the lack of toolbox talks. Particular focus should be placed on the risk factors for entrapment that subject matter experts agree are most critical. A recommendation to achieve this would be to ask industry experts, for example the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) safety forum, to produce a risk ranking of the critical knowledge gaps, which can then be reflected in a MEWP training programme. It is recommended that additional support be specifically targeted at individual trades where critical knowledge gaps were evident.
    4. Standardisation – there is a lack of standardisation in MEWP control systems design, so that there are safety critical differences in control functions between MEWP manufacturers, and also differences between models within the same manufacturer.
    5. Familiarisation – End users suggested ways to improve MEWP design, which demonstrates the importance of effective worker involvement. In the long term, changes should be put in place to establish a standardised MEWP design. In the mean time, an implication for this identified lack of standardisation and consequent negative transfer of learning effect is the necessity for improved on-site familiarisation processes.
    6. Relevance – although this research has been focused on the risk factors for entrapment, the implications will be of wider interest and may be common for other risk factors, such as overturning

    Latest Construction Health and Safety News

    SOLVENT IGNITED DURING FLOOR CLEANING WORKS

    Flammable solvent fire fought with water spreading fire further

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th February 2019

    INEVITABLE COLLAPSE OF SCAFFOLD ON TO SCHOOL

    Scaffold not designed or installed to withstand foreseeable loads

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th February 2019

    HSE ENFORCEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE 13th FEB 2019

    hselogo1Latest online register of prosecutions and enforcement notices

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 13th February 2019

    OIL DRUM EXPLODED DURING HOT CUTTING WORK

    Firm fined £400k after drum lid ejected causing loss of leg

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th February 2019

    ROOFLIGHT FALL ON NUCLEAR POWER SITE

    Energy generating company and maintenance contractor fined

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th February 2019

    DIRECTOR PROSECUTED AFTER 6METRE ROOF FALL

    Untrained worker fell through rooflight in fragile asbestos roof

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 12th February 2019

    HSE ALERT: MILD STEEL WELDING CANCER RISK

    HSE announces enforcement action change based on new cancer evidence

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 11th February 2019

    LORRY MOUNTED LIFTING OPERATION PROVED FATAL

    Steel staircase toppled from vehicle after sling snagged

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 7th February 2019

    DIRECTOR AND BUSINESS IN COURT OVER DEATH

    Scaffold not priced for on domestic roof-line refurbishment work

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 6th February 2019

    FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT HAZARD PROTECTION MISSING

    Two businesses prosecuted after a worker fell through a fragile rooflight

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 5th February 2019

    STRUCTURAL SAFETY BODY LATEST NEWSLETTER

    CROSS publishes reports and expert comment on a range of issues

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th February 2019

    FINGERS CRUSHED BY METAL FOLDING MACHINE

    Steel cladding firm fined £600k over failure guard access to danger

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th February 2019

    ASBESTOS ILLEGALLY REMOVED AFTER SURVEY

    Surveyor pricing asbestos work found contractor jumped the gun

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th February 2019

    SITE DUMPER PRECAUTIONS FAILED TO PREVENT DEATH

    Contractor fined £600k for poor management of vehicle/people interface

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th February 2019

    BUILDER EXPOSED RESIDENTS TO POISONING HAZARD

    Prison term for builder who put three at risk from carbon monoxide

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th February 2019

    POOR SEPARATION OF VEHICLES AND PEDESTRIANS

    Logistics company fined £150,000 after driver suffers serious injuries

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 4th February 2019

    £1MILLION FINE OVER VEHICLE RISK MANAGEMENT

    Death of workman exposed uncontrolled vehicle manoeuvring

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 25th January 2019

    ACCREDITATION IS ONLY ONE WAY TO CONFIDENCE

    HSE publishes guidance on demonstrating CDM 2015 competence

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th January 2019

    PRECAUTIONS ON PAPER LACKING IN PRACTICE

    Fatal fall through opening in concrete slab during work with breaker

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 24th January 2019

    HSE TARGETS HEALTH ON LONDON PROJECTS

    Regulator starts inspection ‘blitz’ on construction sites

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 23rd January 2019

    WORKMAN FELL FROM UNSECURED LADDER

    Industrial cladding company failed to assess and control WAH

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th January 2019

    SCAFFOLDER FELL THROUGH FRAGILE ROOFLIGHT

    Fall through roof leaves workman with life-changing injuries

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 18th January 2019

    ARM DRAGGED INTO CONVEYOR BELT DANGER

    Workman seriously injured on first day at work in quarry

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th January 2019

    ROOF TRUSSES TOPPLED TRAPPING WORKMAN

    Principal contractor failed to plan, manage and monitor project

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th January 2019

    SCAFFOLDING AWARENESS TRAINING FOR ALL

    CISRS set to target painters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers

    Read the rest of this article »

    Posted on 16th January 2019
    Ethentic Ethentic Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data
  • Higher Safety Higher Safety Chipmunk Data Chipmunk Data Ethentic Ethentic