Talk to Horizon Platforms about food processing MEWP hire

By Rory Duggan, Sales Director

Despite recent reductions, falling from height remains one of the most common causes of accidents in the food and drink manufacturing industry.  Maintenance and cleaning tasks account for some of the highest risk activities in food factories, but if work is properly planned and supervised and mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are used correctly by trained, competent operators, they can offer huge advantages to people working in the food industry. Read more “Talk to Horizon Platforms about food processing MEWP hire”

Food processing MEWP hire – a recipe for success

By Rory Duggan, Sales Director

Working at height in the food processing industry comes with additional demands over and above those found in a non-food environment: the risk of contamination is ever-present, inevitable spills of liquids, fats and food products bring increased dangers from slippery surfaces, and the need to operate in a hygienic, germ-free environment at all times is a must.

Maintaining a spotless environment demands more frequent work at height tasks such as regular cleaning and maintenance of food processing equipment including heaters and coolers as well as internal surfaces such as ceilings and walls. Hiring the right MEWP and safety accessories for your food processing factory and being properly trained in their correct use is key to ensuring accidents and health and safety breaches are kept to an absolute minimum. Read more “Food processing MEWP hire – a recipe for success”

Commercial Fit Out MEWPs for Shopfitters and Fit Out Contractors

By Luke Jones, Internal Accounts Manager 

The internal fit out phase of any project – whether it’s a new build or refurbishment – demands specialist work at height platforms which are both practical and lightweight and versatile enough to meet the needs of a broad range of tradespeople, often working on the same job at the same time. That means reliable, quality mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), delivered and collected on schedule is a must.  

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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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