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  • Presentations & Webinars

    IPAF Webinar: Selecting the Correct MEWP

    This webinar (broadcast on 24 March 2021) looks at the importance of selecting the correct MEWP for the job to enable work to be carried out safely and effectively. Presenters: Brian Parker, Head of Safety & Technical (IPAF), Mark Keily, QHSE Director (Sunbelt Rentals Limited) and Paul Roddis, Training Manager (IPAF).

    Added 31 Mar 2021
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    IPAF Annual Report

    The IPAF Annual Report gives an overview of the year's activities and achievements.

    Added 17 Mar 2021
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    IPAF Annual Report 2020
  • This webinar (broadcast on 10 February 2021) looks at the role of a MEWP Safe Use Plan in the prevention of accidents involving MEWPs.

    Added 15 Feb 2021
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  • The Statement of Best Practices of Personal Fall Protection Systems for Aerial Work Platform Equipment is an industry initiative to develop an educational document to clarify when and how to use PFP systems on AWP equipment. It was developed for use in the US and is based on ANSI standards. 

    Added 12 Feb 2018
    Last updated 19 Jun 2019

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  • The Statement of Best Practices of General Training and Familiarization for Aerial Work Platform Equipment is a first-of-its-kind industry initiative to develop an educational document to clarify what is required for general training and model-specific familiarization of aerial work platform (AWP) equipment. 

    Added 12 Feb 2018
    Last updated 19 Jun 2019

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  • Originally broadcast on November 8, 2017. Tony Groat, IPAF's North America Regional Manager, looks at the proposed standards (ANSI & CSA) for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) in the US and Canada.

    Added 6 Feb 2018
    Last updated 6 Feb 2018

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    IPAF North America Webinar 11-2018
  • 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

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    IPAF Re-Mounted Boom
  • 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

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    Tree Worker on a MEWP
  • 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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  • 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

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  • Publication

    Access International

    Access International is the official magazine of IPAF.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 5 Feb 2018

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    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

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  • When a MEWP is delivered or collected from a site, loading and unloading (un/loading) on the public highway should be avoided, wherever reasonably practical. The main aim is to eliminate/minimise the risk to employees and members of the public by making arrangements for the loading/unloading or delivery vehicle to park away from the public highway and pavement areas.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018

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  • 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

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    Trapping/Crushing Injuries to People in the Platform
  • 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

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    IPAF MEWP Operators’ Safety Guide
  • Attach Your Lanyard: Always attach the lanyard in boom type machines.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018

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  • 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

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  • Mast Climbing Work Platform (MCWP) Thorough/ Frequent Examination form.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 1 Jan 2018

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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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  • 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

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