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Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) are supplied with both ground and platform controls to comply with International MEWP design standards.
Manufacturer’s operators’ manuals identify that the primary operator control station is in the platform and that the ground controls should only be used to carry out pre-use inspections without anyone in the platform, or for emergency descent purposes only.
WHO NEEDS TO KNOW?
This Toolbox Talk applies to all individuals involved with the safe operation of a MEWP, including:
- User (who has control of the use of the MEWP on site)
- Managers and Supervisors
- Ground rescue personnel
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.
- IPAF Operators Safety Guide (available on the ePAL app)
- IPAF Guidance on Emergency Rescue (available at www.ipaf.org/resources)
- Andy Access Posters
- IPAF Toolbox Talk ‘MEWP Rescue Plan’
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