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Why do you need rescue procedures? A robust, documented rescue procedure is required to lower the Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) platform occupants in case of a malfunction or emergency. These may be caused by:
- MEWP stopped due to no fuel or low battery.
- MEWP malfunction.
- Trapped platform or MEWP upper structure.
- Platform overload.
- Operator/occupant distress (health issues, entrapment, electrocution, etc.).
- Other emergencies.
Any delay in rescuing the MEWP platform occupants may be the difference between life and death.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW?
This toolbox talk applies to:
- MEWP User (who has control of the use of the MEWP on site)
- Supervisor/Site Manager
- Nominated Ground Rescue Person(s)
- MEWP Operator
WHAT IS A TOOLBOX TALK?
Toolbox talks are short discussion sessions that allow you and your workers to explore the risks and safety issues specific to your work site. The talks should focus on a single topic. A toolbox talk should be a regular occurrence to reinforce learning and gain worker buy-in.
IPAF TOOLBOX TALKS
IPAF’s toolbox talks focus on key issues when using mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), as well as mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) or hoists. The talks build on the safety messages highlighted through the Andy Access campaign (www.ipaf.org/andyaccess), and these posters will form part of your briefing. It is advisable that these posters be used throughout your worksite to reinforce your safety messages.
- Andy Access Poster A23 – MEWP Ground Rescue
- IPAF Rescue Plan and Pre-use inspection Toolbox Talks
- CIPSG Guidance on reducing trapping and crushing injuries to MEWP platform occupants
Ref: Toolbox Talk A23 | 1077-0421-1-en