IPAF to help launch MEWP safety guidance at Vertikal Days


The Vertikal Days event at Silverstone racetrack this week sees the launch of new Mobile Elevating Work Platform safety guidance jointly drafted by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and endorsed by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The guidance has been developed for the Strategic Forum for Construction – Plant Safety Group, and is an essential reference document for all those who have any management or supervisory responsibility for the safe condition of a MEWP. It recognises that it is extremely important for all Mobile Elevating Work Platforms to be kept in safe working condition throughout their working life to ensure continued safe and efficient operation.

There are three key elements to ensure they are kept in a safe operating condition: Inspection, Maintenance and Thorough Examination, and the guidance outlines why these should be given equal emphasis to ensure the safest possible working practice when operating MEWPs.

The two-day Vertikal Days event runs 24-25 May at Silverstone, Northants, and this year’s IPAF stand will showcase the organisation’s ongoing “back to basics” safety campaign, which seeks to emphasise typical risk scenarios in the operation of MEWPs and offer guidance as how to mitigate risk to operate as safely as possible.

There will also be a chance for attendees to try the new IPAF Virtual Reailty (VR)
pre-use inspection demo app and eLearning training module, while the larger-than-life Andy Access character will also be on hand to showcase key IPAF safety messages using video clips, posters and leaflets.

The correct use and inspection of harnesses for working at height will also be demonstrated on stand and there will also be a chance to take part in the “Which way up?” experiment, data from which will go towards the HSE’s work in standardising MEWP controls.

Tim Whiteman, CEO of IPAF, comments: “At IPAF we always prioritise safety, and we hope this new guidance on the need for a robust Inspection, Maintenance and Thorough Examination regime will aid all rental companies and operators and ensure the equipment they are using is fit for purpose and won’t let them down on the job, which can of course have disastrous consequences.

“Launching this guidance at Vertikal Days is an obvious choice to maximise exposure and will allow our technical and safety experts to speak to as many UK operators and rental company employees as possible across the two days and to get their initial feedback. We will of course continue to publicise and promote this guidance document as part of IPAF’s ongoing drive to improve safety and reduce accidents and fatalities in the powered access industry going forward, in conjunction with both the Construction Plant-hire Association and the HSE.”

Vertikal Days visitors can find IPAF on Stand 120. For more information and to read the draft guidance in full please visit





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