IPAF Training – The Do’s and Don’ts when using access platforms

By Ian Moorhouse, IPAF Instructor

Access platforms are a safe and trusted tool for work at height – no matter what your industry. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, fitting out a shop, doing reactive maintenance work, or stretching to the tricky bits for commercial cleaning, MEWP hire is a versatile solution for your needs. However, as with any piece of machinery, you need to be trained and familiarised with the specific model before you press go. So, don’t ignore the risks and make sure that you always play it safe when planning work at height.

The Health & Safety at Work Act (HASWA) states that your employer must make sure that you’re properly trained before operating a MEWP.

With this in mind, if you’re using scissor lifts and cherry pickers you can become certified on an IPAF course within the day. Our IPAF training experts are on hand to help get you up to speed on the latest industry advice.

So, if you choose to do the 3a & 3b operator course, then here are some of the takeaways for do’s and don’ts when using access platforms:

A graph detailing the Do's and Don'ts when using accessed platforms.

It’s vital you know how to operate an access platform correctly before work starts, so make sure you get the IPAF training that you need, do the do’s and avoid the don’ts to keep you safe at height.


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IPAF Training: Pre-Use Inspection Checklist to put MEWP safety first

By Mick Backhouse, IPAF Instructor

There’s no quick fix when it comes to MEWP safety – and you certainly shouldn’t be skipping steps to get the job done faster. Pre-use inspections are often overlooked the more confident you become as an operator but they’re vital to ensure that your MEWP is secure, complete, clean, and working properly. In fact, you should always inspect the entire machine before and after use. That way, you’ll always put MEWP safety first. Read more “IPAF Training: Pre-Use Inspection Checklist to put MEWP safety first”

IPAF Training – Duty Calls: Your Responsibilities for Work at Height

By Mick Blackhouse, IPAF Instructor

Using a MEWP can put you at risk, there’s no doubt about it. Though, under the correct conditions elevated platforms are a safe and reliable method for providing temporary height during indoor and outdoor work. You have a duty – as an employer and operative – to ensure your working environment meets legal regulations for safeguarding life-saving practice. So, with expert IPAF training and a sound knowledge of your responsibilities for work at height you can stay safe on site. Read more “IPAF Training – Duty Calls: Your Responsibilities for Work at Height”

IPAF Training – Make sure you’re in safe hands with a MEWP rescue plan

By Ian Moorhouse, IPAF Instructor

Work at height should never be taken lightly, as there’s the potential for heavy consequences if you use a MEWP without taking the necessary precautions. In IPAF training – such as the 3a & 3b course for boom and scissor lifts – it’s important you learn how to recognise hazards to ensure your operator’s safety. Whether that’s assessing your ground conditions, preparing for work near overhead power lines, or ensuring you have the correct PPE – including harnesses, preparing for an emergency or machine malfunction  is critical to your work at height. Read more “IPAF Training – Make sure you’re in safe hands with a MEWP rescue plan”

IPAF Training – Assessing Ground Conditions for Safe Use of MEWPs

By Damian Edge, IPAF Instructor

Ground strength is quite literally the foundation of your safety when working at height. MEWPs – whether static or boom operated – rely on stable ground conditions to keep level during slew and when moving over different terrains. Due to the weight of MEWPs, the ground can settle under heavier loads causing the machine to tip and overturn – sometimes resulting in damage and the catapult effect. Read more “IPAF Training – Assessing Ground Conditions for Safe Use of MEWPs”