This webinar includes an in-depth analysis of the current challenges facing this unique sector and looks at how they can be transformed into growth opportunities. Industry guest speakers share their perspectives, examining how they overcame hurdles that you may also be facing, and looking at the approaches and strategies they employed to turn these challenges into success stories. The discussion covers safety and operational efficiency, and how getting these aspects right ultimately supports profitability. IPAF speakers also give the latest updates on safety.
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.
The aim of IPAF’s Innovate event 2019 was to address key industry issues in order to develop potential solutions that would improve the safe and effective use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), formerly known as AWPs. At the event, industry stakeholders worked together in small groups to develop achievable solutions which could positively impact the issue at hand. This paper provides a summary of each topic that IPAF offers to the industry to support improved safety.
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) can be used in confined areas, or near overhead structures. When travelling or when elevated there is a risk that the operator or the platform occupant may come in contact with an overhead obstruction. This could result in crushing or entrapment of that person.
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are not advertising displays. MEWPs are designed to take persons, tools and equipment within the platform to enable the occupants to work safely at height. Attaching a sign or banner to a MEWP will potentially make the MEWP unstable. This can cause an overturn and result in serious injuries to people and damage to property.
Why is a rescue plan important? Planning is critical to a prompt rescue of someone who has become trapped and timing can make a very significant difference to the injuries sustained – in some cases, the difference between life and death.
This checklist assists in the selection of the correct MEWP and covers restrictions, working height, outreach, the weight of materials etc. It should be completed by a qualified person and where any doubts remain advice should be sought from the mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) supplier.
Added 3 Mar 2020
Last updated 3 Mar 2020
Resource also available in:
This resource is for members only.
Please login or consider becoming an IPAF member.
Presentations & Webinars
IPAF PDS North America 2020
IPAF PDS North America 2020 - Session 2 MEWP Supervisor Training Course