20 Jul 2010

New Guidance on the Safe Use of MEWPs

The CPA (Construction Plant-Hire Association) has released some new guidance relating to the safe use of MEWPs, with particular reference to the prevention of entrapment of operator in raised platforms against adjacent obstructions. This new guidance is available for free by clicking here. You can also access the HSE's Construction Information Sheet CIS 58 by clicking here - providing information on the Selection and Management of MEWPs.

The contribution made by MEWPs to improvements in the safety of work at height cannot be under-estimated. However, fatal and serious accidents involving entrapment of MEWP operators are increasing. This is a general trend and not limited to particular types of machines or work. HSE has a range of work underway to improve safety in the use of MEWPS, including working with a range of stakeholders through the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group to develop new guidance on the factors which contribute to these entrapment accidents and the actions which need to be taken to prevent harm.
As with any other work equipment, the selection and application of MEWPS need to be carefully managed and implemented by competent people. The new guidance deals specifically with preventing entrapment and supplements existing guidance. It has been prepared by contributors with extensive experience of MEWP use and accident investigation and captures that experience to share with others who might not appreciate the dangers.

We strongly recommend anyone using MEWPs to take rthe time to familiarise themselves with this new guidance (more information is available on the CPA website). For information about our Good to Go Safety tags and MEWP inspection checklists please visit our website - click here for access.

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