The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) announces an update of the ePAL app, bringing the ability to conduct, record and share pre-use checks for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). These checks play a crucial role in ensuring the safe operation of powered access equipment.
As the anticipation builds for the International Awards for Powered Access 2024 (IAPAs), the shortlist can now be revealed following a meeting of the judges last week. Scheduled to take place on 14 March at the Scandic Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark, the 2024 edition of the IAPAs promises to showcase the industry's commitment to excellence, safety, sustainability, and innovation.
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 as part of a rescue plan.
The purpose of this IPAF Rental Standard is to acknowledge and document what is recognised as industry good practice, which in many cases exceeds minimum legislative requirements, therefore promoting and enabling the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide.