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    IPAF POWERED ACCESS REPORT 2016: HIGHER SAFETY

    ‘Big Debate’ tackles sensitive issue of sharing incident information

    The International Powered Access Federation IPAF promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide by providing “technical advice and information, influences and interprets legislation and standards, and runs safety initiatives and training programmes.”

    Members operate about 90 per cent of the MEWP rental fleet in the UK and manufacture about 85 per cent of platforms on the market. The IPAF training programme for platform operators is certified by the international certification organisation TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878.

    IPAF Powered Access 2016 has been published online. The forward by Tim Whiteman IPAF CEO & Managing Director explains that:

    “site managers must have an understanding of how to get the most out of MEWPs and know what to do if something goes wrong. Our Big Debate ƒ(page 10)† tackles the sensitive issue of who to tell if something does go wrong on site.

    There can be a temptation to email safety bulletins out to all and sundry if a problem is encountered on site. But these can be counterproductive. Machines get stood down for the wrong reasons, which can lead to inappropriate alternatives being used.

    Our panel of experts has come up with practical advice for anyone confronted by this difficult situation.”

    Elsewhere in the issue you can read about:

    • Updates to the IPAF MEWP operator training programme;
    • Guidance on the correct use of harnesses in MEWPs; and
    • Free range of free safety posters, decals and guidance notes.
    Other IPAF Information

    IPAF publish a wide range of very useful Technical Guidance Notes (TGNs)

     

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