International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) collates incident reports received from around the world, from companies, individuals and IPAF members who share their experiences to allow others to work safer. By analyzing the data, it is evident incidents involving electrocutions and electric shocks have notably increased since 2015, the standout statistic is that reported incidents of electrocution are nearly always fatal.
If a MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platform) or platform occupant contacts energized power lines it can cause, electrocution, electric shock, fire, or an explosion. The same effects can occur without contacting a power line by arcing or flashover of electrical energy to a conductor.
MEWP operator training now can follow a training standard that provides methods and guidelines to prepare MEWP training materials, defines administrative criteria, and delivers elements required for proper training. Training is a critical part of becoming a qualified person to complete the task of operating a MEWP. Understand what you must require and expect for training selected for your MEWP operators and the value it will deliver to your operations. Ensure you are selecting quality compliant training! This webinar took place on 27 May 2021.
When working at height in a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), one of the leading causes of death and severe injury is falls from the platform. This toolbox talk looks at the risks and how to prevent falling from the platform.
Harnesses and lanyards prevent severe injury or death by preventing falls from MEWPs, therefore it is essential that you check the condition and function before every use. Through use, PFPE could become damaged, worn or lose parts. These checks must be repeated before every use.
This webinar addresses why and how a MEWP Specific Safe-Use Plan should be properly developed. It will also look at how to execute the plan to ensure the specific MEWP-user responsibilities for application, inspection, training, maintenance, repair and safe operation of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) are satisfied. This webinar took place on 22 April 2021.
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).
This interactive dashboard for IPAF members allows access to an anonymised and limited set of data, all gathered through IPAF's worldwide accident reporting project www.ipafaccidentreporting.org and approved for release by the IPAF Accident Working Group.
This webinar (broadcast on 20 January 2021) examined data from the IPAF accident reporting portal specifically in relation to loading and unloading. Viewers learned how this data informs the content of IPAF’s recently updated Safe Loading & Unloading course to address known hazards and how to prevent them.
IPAF presenters Giles Councell, Director of Operations and Romina Vanzi, Head of Regional Development & MCWPs look at what IPAF has been doing over 2020 despite the challenging climate, and what exciting projects are in store for 2021! This is the recording of the webinar that took place on 10 December 2020.
All employers have the obligation to provide their workers with a worksite that is free from recognized hazards that can result in harm to the employees. Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWPs) industry standards provide the roadmap for employers to meet their responsibilities. The webinar took place on 25 February 2021.