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 Damien 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”

Safety Gear with Christmas Cheer: Festive Fundraising for Save the Children

By Lucy Normanton, Head of HR

Along with businesses across the nation, the Horizon family donned their cosiest, wackiest, most spectacular festive knit for Christmas Jumper Day – raising worthy funds for Save the Children. The whole team was dealt a healthy dose of festive spirit, so much so that when jolly jumpers didn’t meet our strict health and safety standards our Service Team gave their work gear some Christmas cheer. Read more “Safety Gear with Christmas Cheer: Festive Fundraising for Save the Children”

IPAF Training – Wearing harnesses at height with MEWPs

By Damian Edge, IPAF Instructor

Working at height with a MEWP is secure and reliable – but only if you put your safety first and follow the necessary precautions. While there’s no legal requirement for wearing harnesses at height, they’re strongly recommended – particularly for boom lift operators – to help protect you from fatal falls.

If your platform swings, jolts, or tilts unexpectedly away from your machine’s centre of gravity your operator can suffer whiplash or even be flung from the basket. And the higher you are, the faster you’ll be thrown. Read more “IPAF Training – Wearing harnesses at height with MEWPs”

IPAF Training – Safely operate MEWPS in cold conditions

By Luke Jones, Internal Accounts Manager

Working at height in a cold environment is safe and productive if you take the right precautions – and know how to notice key warning signs that your MEWP isn’t performing at its best. Safety is paramount when working at height, so getting up to speed on the latest IPAF training from industry experts is vital.

Working indoors in cold store and food distribution industries, an electric boom or scissor lift can be essential for stock taking, planned or emergency maintenance, and racking. However, sub-zero temperatures can limit your machine’s capability. Read more “IPAF Training – Safely operate MEWPS in cold conditions”