MEWPs are NOT designed for people to exit at height. Some workers are oblivious to the dangers.
Exiting the platform at height (IPAF TGN E20815)
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are specifically designed to lift people to a position where they can work at height safely within the platform.
MEWPs are not designed to transfer people from one level to another, or for people to exit the platform at height. People should only enter or exit the work platform at access positions at ground level or on the MEWP chassis.
There are exceptional cases where MEWPs may be used to gain access to or from a work area at height. Exiting the platform at height may ONLY be permitted:
- If after a robust risk assessment, it can be clearly demonstrated that it is the safest and most effective means of accessing a particular location.
- If it is part of a formal emergency rescue plan.
Employers should ensure that exiting the platform at height to access a particular location is addressed in company safety procedures and training programmes, before the procedure is undertaken.
A site-specific risk assessment should be undertaken to ensure that all associated hazards and risks have been considered, and relevant control measures have been implemented. Consider the need for:
- Fall prevention methods to be maintained at all times during the transfer.
- An operator to remain in the raised MEWP platform at all times.
- Action to minimise dynamic loads from being exerted on the platform.
- Action to prevent unexpected or inadvertent movement of the platform.
- The use of designated MEWP exit points and not allowing exit or entry of the platform by climbing over the guardrails.
- Supervision by a responsible body to ensure that the identified safe method is adhered to by all personnel involved.
- Possible rescue from any associated structure.
Further sources relating to exiting/entering a platform at height can be found in IPAF TGN E20815:
Click image above to view IPAF Technical Guidance TGN E20815 Exiting the platform from height.
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Related IPAF Training:
Companies who use MEWPs need to know what their Management and legal responsibilities are as the principle duty-holders. This essential one day course covers what managers and supervisors need to know about the safe use of MEWPs on site, from planning the job and conducting a risk assessment for selecting the correct equipment, and mitigating any possible risk.
Employers who want their operators to undergo more advanced and extensive MEWP training, can opt to engage them in an additional one day IPAF PAL+ course. PAL+ is category specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments. On completion, the MEWP operative will have a “+” qualification added to each of the relevant categories on their PAL Card.
The IPAF Harness Use and Inspection course is for MEWP operatives and their co-workers who work from boom type platforms (1b + 3b). Wearing a suitable safety harness as per IPAF’s Technical Guidance Note (TGN H1/08/12) provides protection against platform ejection. This essential course educates the safe use, fitting and personal pre-use inspection of a safety harness.
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