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New Guidance - Safety Harnesses in MEWPS

Applicable Courses:

Here at Kingfisher Access we hear many conflicting "stories" surrounding the use of safety harnesses and MEWPs during our IPAF Operator, Demonstrator and Harness training courses. We, together with IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) and the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) strongly recommend the use of harnesses and lanyards in boom type MEWPs.

Tim Whiteman managing director at IPAF says:

"We believe that lives will be saved if companies follow our guidance. Too often people are putting their lives at risk by not wearing a harness or by wearing inappropriate personal protection equipment."

IPAF have produced a Technical Guidance Note: H1 - Safety Harnesses in Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) - which was produced by the Powered Access Interest Group (PAIG). PAIG is a joint committee of IPAF and the Construction Plant-hire Association, with representatives from hire companies and the Health & Safety Executive.

A copy of the guidance document may be downloaded here:

PHOTOS: showing adjustable restraint lanyard and full body harnessIPAF says that anyone working in boom lifts and other MEWPs, whether self-propelled or vehicle mounted, should wear a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard set as short as is practical.

Users of scissor lifts and other vertical platforms need not normally wear harnesses. IPAF stresses that the use of any platform should be preceded by a full risk analysis to determine the most appropriate type of harness and lanyard, where and how to tie off, and how long or short the lanyard should be.

Comprehensive HSE Guidance

Further guidance on the subject of harnesses and boom type MEWPs may be found on the HSE's website. Their information sheet MISC614 - Preventing falls from boom-type mobile elevating work platforms may be downloaded at the following address:

Kingfisher Access

Our IPAF approved safety harness training course will ensure that the users are familiar with the correct selection, inspection, and proper fitting of the equipment. Further details on any of our MEWP products may be found here:

Date: 5th July 2005