Can I get out of a MEWP at Height?
Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are specifically designed to lift people to a position where they can carry out work from the work platform and then return to ground level. They are not intended for the transfer of people from one level to another or exiting the work platform at height.
Exiting the platform at height may only be undertaken after a rigorous risk assessment has been carried out that justifies this practice as the safest way of carrying out the required work tasks.
Guidance on the risk assessment required is given in the British standard BS 8460:2005 Safe Use of MEWPs – Code of Practice. In addition, guidance specific to exiting the platform at height in arboriculture is given in Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) in Arboriculture.
Daily Check sheet for MEWPS (Pre-Use Inspection)
MEWP for Managers courses run onsite, min of 4, max of 10. Please ring for cheapest price. A daily check sheet for use of an Operator prior to the use of a MEWP can be found here:
How do I renew my MEWP Licence/PAL card?
In order to renew an PAL Operators Licence a candidate must:
- Successfully complete the IPAF Renewal Theory and Theory Test
- Successfully complete the practical test for each category to be renewed
- Have a filled out Log Book with at least 60 entries over the last five years (10 of which must be in the last year)
- Have a current Licence for the category/s to be renewed. (not expired)
PAL card and Log Book filled in must be produced on the day of the course.
I do not hold a in date IPAF Card .Can I still take the PAL+ course?
No, you must first take the PAL operator course, and if successful, take the optional, additional PAL+ course on another day.
Please be advised that taking the PAL operator and PAL+ courses back to back may not be suitable for inexperienced operators. The PAL+ course is targeted at trained operators working in challenging environments. To ensure that candidates get the most out of the PAL+ course, sufficient experience in operating equipment is required.
IPAF On-site requirements
IPAF MEWP ON-SITE REQUIREMENTS
What parking is there on site for the instructor?
Training room should be 15m2 or 2.5m2 per person, whichever is larger. 240 volt power supply, table for instructor to set up projector, laptop and screen or wall suitable for projection. Adequate ventilation/heating, adequate seating and desk space for each candidate. Pens and paper. Toilet facilities. Refreshments for candidates and instructor.
You will need to supply suitable and sufficient equipment/machines with a current LOLER certificate for the MEWP. Has the MEWP been checked by a competent person to ensure it is physically sound and operates correctly? Has the MEWP been checked to ensure the platform is free of debris and, controls panels checked to ensure that they are legible? Make sure the MEWP is fully charged/fuelled and keys are available. Is the manufacturer's instruction manual present with the MEWP?
Are there suitable harness anchor points on the MEWP?
Do you have an area for the practical training? (This should be adequate for training on most MEWPs). The middle of this practical area should have a minimum radius of 75% of the maximum operating envelope of the specific machine used and should be suitable to allow for the Operator Practical Test Routes, as shown in Section 4 of the IPAF MEWP Training manual, to be completed. The area must be cordoned off from pedestrian/vehicular traffic, plus a suitable workface target at a minimum of 75% of MEWP maximum platform height. Area must be free of debris and overhead hazards. Must be available for the whole afternoon without interruption and be quiet so the instructor can be heard.
Home address, email address, date of birth, any previous PAL card.
Warm clothing, gloves, hard hat, safety boots, full body restraint harness and lanyard
A risk assessment will need to be carried out with particular reference to the ground for the practical training area against: maximum working mass/maximum point pressure/distributed Load (whichever is relevant) of the MEWP to be used. Nearest first aid unit must be identified.
Rescue Plan for MEWPS
A comprehensive generic rescue plan is available on the IPAF website:
What fall protection do I need in a MEWP?
Boom Type Platforms
When working from a boom type Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard be used to provide work restraint. The lanyard should be adjusted to be as short as possible and may contain an energy absorbing device.
This includes Static Booms (1b) and Mobile Booms (3b).
It is not normally necessary for personnel working from a vertical lift to wear fall protection equipment, other than in exceptional circumstances.
This includes Static Verticals (1a), Mobile Verticals (3a), Push Around Verticals (PAV) and Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP). The need for a fall protection system will be the outcome of a job specific risk assessment undertaken prior to work commencing and taking into consideration the manufacturer’s operators’ manual.
What is PAL + ?
PAL+ is an optional, additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments.
What is in the PAL+ syllabus?
PAL+ includes a short, compact theory session and focuses on practical training, using large machines such as a scissor lift with a minimum of 10m working height and a boom with a minimum of 15m working height. For example, one practical exercise focuses on work in confined overhead spaces; another practical exercise involves driving the machine on challenging terrain. Candidates have to complete a theory test, a practical test and an individual interview.
What qualification does the course lead to?
Upon successful completion of the theory test, practical test and interview, operators will have the relevant categories
added to their PAL Card
, e.g. Static Vertical (1a+), Static Boom (1b+), Mobile Vertical (3a+) and Mobile Boom (3b+).
Who should take the PAL+ course?
The course is aimed at trained operators who work in higher risk or challenging environments, e.g. steel work, work in confined overhead spaces, work on challenging terrain. PAL+ training is open to operators who hold an existing PAL Card qualification in the relevant category.
Net riggers and steel erectors working on UK Contractors Group (UKCG) sites must hold the PAL+ qualification from 31 October 2013
Please phone for a quote courses are run at our training centre in Hampshire and Wales 08006226457