New Mobile Elevating Work Platform safety guidance published

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A range of experts have come together to develop new guidance for those managing or supervising Mobile Elevating Work Platform safety

New guidance relating to Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) safety has been published. The document has been designed as a reference tool for those working in management or supervisory roles.

The guidance was developed by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG), the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). It has also been endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Focus on safety

The guidance identifies three key elements of importance: Inspection, Maintenance and Thorough Examination. It provides insight as to why these elements need to be a focus to ensure safety when operating MEWPs.

Director of the CPA, Kevin Minton, said the documentation was necessary to provide guidance for those working in the sector.

He added: “It is essential that MEWPs are maintained in a safe condition for use and this requires Planned Inspection, Maintenance and Thorough Examination.

“The new guidance details how routines can be managed, and who is responsible for what, when a MEWP is on hire. It will prove to be an invaluable document for both hire companies and plant operators.”

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