New guidance created to reduce risk of entrapment when working at height on MEWPs

New guidance aims to reduce the risk of trapping and crushing hazards when using mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).

The free, updated safety guidance is the creation of the Construction Industry Plant Safety Group (CIPSG).

It sets out to educate operators, supervisors and rescuers of MEWPs.

‘Good Practice Guidance for Reducing Trapping/Crushing Injuries to People in MEWPs’ is an update to guidance first issued in 2010.

Kevin Minton, Chair of the CIPSG for MEWPs, said: “The guidance will be a vital reference tool for MEWP hire companies, customers, operators and manufacturers.

“Presented in easily digestible sections, it is aimed at those using and supervising MEWPs, and those responsible for rescuing entrapped people, as well as anyone involved in planning and risk assessing work with MEWPs, specifying equipment, managing the work or organising training.

“We anticipate it will prove to be a useful training tool as it has been designed to be used in briefings or toolbox talks for supervisors and MEWP operators.”

The latest guidance includes preventative measures to reduce the risk and number of entrapment incidents. It covers planning, risk assessment, MEWP selection, operator training, familiarisation and rescue.

The CIPSG is chaired by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA). The group is administered and supported by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).

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