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  • The mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) may be significantly different than the MEWP the operator was trained on. Accidents can occur from operating an unfamiliar MEWP, for example by moving the platform in the opposite direction than intended, or by incorrectly setting up the outriggers.

    Added 13 Nov 2019
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    Toolbox Talk A2
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    IPAF Categories

    The IPAF training categories, with abbreviations and brief explanations.

    Added 12 Nov 2019
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    IPAF Category Leaflet
  • Be street smart! Manage vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Create a safe working zone.

    Added 24 Sep 2019
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    Andy Access: Be street smart! Manage vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Create a safe working zone.

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  • Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Pre-Use Inspection Checklist.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
  • Technical Guidance

    Guidance on Emergency Rescue

    Normal and auxiliary control systems built into a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) will allow the operator to bring the platform of the machine safely to ground level under controlled conditions. It is extremely unusual not to be able to lower the platform using these controls or for all of these systems to fail. The following is an example of a rescue plan for people who work at height using a MEWP.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
  • Technical Guidance

    Power Lines Guidance

    Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), also known as Aerial work platforms (AWPs), are probably the safest way of doing temporary work at height. Stay safe
    when near to power lines/conductors. Electrocutions were the single largest cause of fatalities to MEWP/AWP operators in the US in 2012.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
    Powerlines
  • A secondary guarding device is a piece of equipment which can be fitted to a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), also known as aerial work platform (AWP), in addition to the primary guarding systems and is intended to further reduce the risk of entrapment and/or provide an alert that an entrapment situation has occurred.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
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  • Scissor lifts are not designed to hold banners. Attaching banners to a scissor lift will increase the surface area and create a "sail board” effect which will destabilize or potentially turn over a MEWP.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
    Scissor lift MEWP with banner overturning
  • Technical Guidance

    MEWP Safety Alert Protocol

    The purpose of this guidance is to develop a standard approach to the generation and circulation of safety alerts in the MEWP industry.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
  • Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) Thorough/ Frequent Examination form.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
  • All MEWPs/AWPs rely on the condition of the ground on which they stand for their stability. This applies equally to those which require the use of jacks or outriggers and those which operate free on wheels. It is essential that an assessment of ground conditions is made before travelling, using or setting up a MEWP on any surface.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
  • Attach Your Lanyard: Always attach the lanyard in boom type machines.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
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  • The IPAF Operators’ Safety Guide for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (also known as Aerial Work Platforms) is a pocket-size publication that sets out the recommended working practices for the safe operation of MEWPs/AWPs over a wide range of applications, from initial checks, through transport and positioning on site, to carrying out the required tasks.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
    IPAF MEWP Operators’ Safety Guide
  • The Best Practice Guidance for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) was released in July 2010 by the UK-based Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group with the aim of avoiding trapping or crushing incidents when these machines are used in confined overhead spaces. IPAF has prepared a US edition of the above document, which was published in April 2011.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 27 Jun 2019
    Trapping/Crushing Injuries to People in the Platform
  • Publication

    Raising the Standard

    Raising the Standard is the IPAF bulletin. It is published twice a year and carries news of particular interest to IPAF members, such as developments in legislation and technical standards, and new member services.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
  • Publication

    Access International

    Access International is the official magazine of IPAF.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 5 Feb 2018
  • The mounting or re-mounting of a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) onto a new or different vehicle chassis to the original chassis as sold by the MEWP manufacturer is a specialist job requiring both in-depth engineering knowledge and the technical specifications for the MEWP to be mounted.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
    IPAF Re-Mounted Boom
  • Featured Technical Guidance

    Exiting the Platform at Height (E2)

    Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are specifically designed to lift people to a position where they can work at height safely within the platform. MEWPs are not designed to transfer people from one level to another, or for people to exit the platform at height.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
    Exiting the Platform at Height
  • Featured Technical Guidance

    Familiarization and Operator Training (F1)

    It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that all operators they direct and authorize to use aerial equipment are adequately trained, familiarized and made aware of operator responsibilities to comply with current health and safety requirements.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
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  • Technical Guidance

    Tree Worker Guidance

    Safety tips for the use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) in the tree care industry.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018
    Tree Worker on a MEWP