Health and safety alerts are issued by companies often to advise their employees or agents of immediate actions to take following an accident or incident in service. They are internal documents that are not intended for external circulation and are often pre-cursors to detailed investigations.
The factors leading to an incident or accident involving a MEWP may be related to any combination of machine specific, maintenance or operational circumstances. It is important that assumptions are not made on the causal factors or blame assumed until any necessary, detailed investigation has been carried out.
Recently, concerns have been raised with hirers because an internal Health and Safety Alert became public knowledge. IPAF wishes to make it clear that its members are committed to promoting the safe design and use of MEWPs and will advise at the earliest opportunity of any serious, imminent risks to health and safety. IPAF suggests that, where there are concerns, the company issuing the Health and Safety Alert should be contacted and if necessary the manufacturer.
IPAF has received the following manufacturer product alerts.
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Manufacturers are invited to place product advisories and alerts by e-mailing IPAF.
The Australian Elevating Work Platform Association (EWPA) has issued a memo dated 1 November 2013 along with a bulletin from September 2012 to raise awareness of the Australian requirements for "protection against inadvertent/accidental operation of the upper control box joystick on scissor lifts".
Further information can be found at the EWPA website http://ewpa.com.au/resources/mewp-operator-controls