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Spread the load!

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'Spread the Load' Video

What is 'Spread the load'?

IPAF has launched a safety campaign 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 this simple and straightforward message:

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

The campaign is an initiative from 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.

Why is this campaign needed?

MEWPs are generally very safe and stable. However, 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.

How can I support 'Spread the load'?

IPAF has produced the following material for you to use:

Stickers: Small quantities can be obtained free by e-mailing infoipaf.org or you can download artwork here.

Posters: Put up these A2 posters in your training centre depot to promote the correct use of outriggers and spreader plates. Order by e-mailing infoipaf.org or download artwork here.

Leaflets: The poster design is also available as A5 leaflets that you can display at your reception area or put in with the information handbook on each relevant machine. Order by e-mailing infoipaf.org or download artwork here.

Where can I find more information about ground conditions and the use of spreader plates?

IPAF's technical guidance on the assessment of ground conditions is available here.

More information on MEWP stability and the use of spreader plates can be found in BS 8460:2005 Safe use of MEWPs – Code of practice which provides further guidance on:
-Ground conditions
-Outrigger foundations
-Job planning
-Siting and stability
-Use of stabilisers and outriggers

IPAF can supply a selection of legal and standards publications at discounted prices. To order, call +44 (0)15395 66700 or e-mail infoipaf.org

How can I get trained on this subject?

Ground conditions and the use of spreader plates is covered in the IPAF operator training course. Click here to find your nearest training centre.

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