Dangers of working at height in the racking installation industry
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) states that “Any work at height…must be properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe way.” The ever-present risks of working at height can be substantially minimised with proper planning and execution of work at height tasks. Here are just some of the dangers that can be encountered when working at height in the racking installation industry, together with some simple steps to ensure warehouse storage installation is carried out safely. Read more “Only use SAICs & SEIRS installers for racking installation”
Which type of racking systems will I need a MEWP to install?
Regardless of a client’s choice of industrial racking system, the HSE says: “All racking systems should be of good mechanical construction, of sound material, adequate strength and installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.” A broad range of warehouse storage solutions exist and can be tailored to meet each client’s bulk storage requirements. Read more “Quality MEWP hire for SAICs & SEIRS installers”
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.
Read more “IPAF TRAINING – Spread the Load of Outriggers for Safe Work at Height”
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:
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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By Damian Edge, 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”