The document is intended to be an essential reference tool for all those who have management or supervisory responsibility for the safe condition and operation of MEWPs.
The MEWP safety guidance has been developed by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) at the request of the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group. It has been endorsed by the Health & Safety Executive.
It covers inspection, maintenance and thorough examination, detailing why each of these elements should be given equal emphasis.
CPA director Kevin Minton said: “It is essential that MEWPs are maintained in a safe condition for use and this requires Planned Inspection, Maintenance and Thorough Examination. The new guidance details how routines can be managed, and who is responsible for what, when a MEWP is on hire. It will prove to be an invaluable document for both hire companies and plant operators.”