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).
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.
It is essential that MEWPs are secured and managed correctly to ensure that only competent and nominated personnel operate the equipment in accordance with the employer’s safe system of work. All MEWPs should be stored in a safe and secure manner when left unattended.