Guidance on Managing Safe Condition of MEWP | AFI Uplift
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Safety advice notice: 52
July 2017

Brian Parker, our Business Development Manager, Technical Support, is the sub group Chairman of IPAF's 'Spread the Load' working group, which is working under the direction of the IPAF UKCC (UK Country Council).

He has now been tasked with updating the IPAF guidance to bring clarity and standardisation to the industry.

His work will also involve ensuring that the guidance also considers wheeled and tracked MEWPs.

Brian Parker discusses the new guidance on managing the safe condition of a MEWP.

A number of serious and fatal MEWP incidents have occurred over the years, these have often been from a lack of maintenance and could have been prevented.

All too often it was found the lines were blurred on whose responsibility it was to carry out inspection, maintenance and thorough examination.

Unfortunately, this came to the fore with the fatal MEWP collapse in Glasgow in 2012 and the prosecutions that followed.

As you know there is a huge amount of guidance available and even with the LOLER 1998 regulations there is still confusion on the various different types of inspections and examinations necessary.

Some 2 and a half years ago a working group was set up including key people within the MEWP industry and HSE to essentially prepare a guidance document which covers the elements needed for a MEWP, this takes the MEWP from cradle to grave and what is needed within its working life to ensure it is kept and maintained in a ‘safe condition’.

This Inspection, Maintenance and Thorough Examination (IMTE) document sets out key guidance for all those who have any management or supervisory responsibility for the safe condition of a MEWP.

A MEWP is defined as:

"mobile machine which consists as a minimum of a work platform with controls, an extending structure and a chassis; that is intended for work at height"

Brian Parker, our Business Development Manager, Technical Support, is the sub group Chairman of IPAF's 'Spread the Load' working group, which is working under the direction of the IPAF UKCC (UK Country Council).

He has now been tasked with updating the IPAF guidance to bring clarity and standardisation to the industry.

His work will also involve ensuring that the guidance also considers wheeled and tracked MEWPs.