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  • The webinar examines the components of the IPAF Rental+ scheme, how it aligns with the construction Common Assessment Standard and the measurable benefits to rental companies. Speakers will highlight the advantages contractors and end users enjoy when using a rental company that holds the IPAF Rental+ standard. Sponsored by MCS, Sinoboom, Palazzani, Hinowa and insphire.

    Added 21 Jul 2022
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    IPAF Elevating Safety

    IPAF Elevating Safety is an annual magazine dedicated to promoting MEWP (aerial lift) safety in the US market. It is published for IPAF by AC Business Media in August each year.

    Added 13 Jul 2022
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    IPAF Elevating Safety 2021
  • Megan Campbell
    Apprentice Engineer, Summit Platforms, UK

    Added 1 Jul 2022
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  • 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 5 Nov 2021

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  • Attach Your Lanyard: Always attach the lanyard in boom type machines.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A1
  • Do not jump out of the platform. Always use the correct exit gate and step out using three points of contact.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A14
  • Caution when loading and unloading. Always plan for a safe delivery.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A7
  • Danger keep well clear. Operate from the platform or stand clear to avoid injury.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A15
  • Know your machine. Familiarisation helps prevent incorrect use.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A2
  • Overhead obstructions. Always be aware and avoid crush hazards when moving the platform.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A12
  • Register pre-owned machines. Make sure you register with the manufacturer to get product updates.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A13
  • Caution with guardrails. Be careful not to trap your fingers when lowering or raising guardrails.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A16
  • Setting up on a slope? Outriggers and spreader pads must be on level and stable ground.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A17
  • Correct MEWP selection. Always use the right machine for the job.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A18
  • Don't overload the Platform. Always respect the load chart and follow the manufacturer’s guidance for its intended use.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access AM1
  • Do not interfere with ties. A mast climbing work platform (MCWP) needs all of the ties for stability.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access AM2
  • Pre-use inspection! Make sure the machine is operating properly, before starting work.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A3
  • Rescue plan? Always plan for a safe rescue.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A4
  • Beware of falling objects. Organise a drop zone clear of the MEWP base.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A5
  • Unsafe ground? Always check ground conditions.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A6
  • Never attach banners to scissor lifts. Always remember a banner can act like a sail.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A8
  • Don't use a MEWP as a crane! MEWPs are designed to elevate people, tools & equipment inside the work platform.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A9
  • Prevent unauthorised use. After use, always leave the machine in a safe and secure place and remove the key.

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A10
  • Keep clear of overhead cables. You do not need to touch the power cables to be electrocuted – electricity can arc!

    Added 1 Jan 2018
    Last updated 17 May 2021

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    Andy Access A11
  • 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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    Exiting the Platform at Height