IPAF TRAINING – Spread the Load of Outriggers for Safe Work at Height

By Damian Edge, Senior IPAF Instructor

Keeping your MEWP stable is vital for your safety when working at height.

If the platform tips or overturns unexpectedly, you risk your life if you’re catapulted from the cage.

That’s why MEWPS fitted with outriggers should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, reducing ground pressure and increasing stability. When deployed, spreader plates should be used without exception when using boom type MEWPs fully supported by their outriggers. With all other MEWPs, spreader plates should also be used with outriggers unless a specific risk assessment indicates that they are not necessary.

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Rugby Youngsters Tackle the Season Head On with Horizon Sponsorship 

By Rory Duggan, Sales Director

Ready to back the next generation of aspiring rugby stars?

Everyone here at Horizon Platforms is cheering on our local under 9s team in Warrington – and we’ve put our money on them to win.

A few months ago – and with the new season about to kick off – the squad of 17 youngsters at Woolston Rovers reached out to surrounding businesses to fund their team shirts. They’d had a fantastic fundraising effort from proud parents, but were left short – a little like last year’s kit!

Horizon was raised locally so it’s always been important to us that we go above and beyond for our community. So, when the team got in touch, we wanted to do everything we could to help.

We managed to give them the lion’s share of their fund and they’re now fully kitted out with the Horizon colours on the front of their strip.

The youngsters are nearly as old as Horizon Platforms so it was a great opportunity to help them grow as we do. Training twice a week, Woolston Rovers supports the development of new skills, technique, game awareness and teamwork – the last is something we particularly value in the work we do every day.

Mark Dillon, Woolston Rovers U9s Coaching Co-Ordinator said: “Like Horizon, community underpins what we do as a club. So, growing our connections within the business community was a great way to provide local, regional and national companies a rewarding investment for their corporate social responsibilities. We found a great partner in Horizon.”

Here’s to a great season for Woolston Rovers – we’re rooting for you!

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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Need further training? Book onto our IPAF training courses, available 6 days a week.

 

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”