IPAF introduces sticker changes
The GCC market has one of the highest proportion of mobile elevating work platforms in operation and the global market is said to be booming at this point
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has updated one of its most widely used global safety stickers for use on mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), launching a redesign of the sticker that is applied to machines to indicate where the auxiliary ground controls are located in case of emergency.
The sticker was developed by IPAF after the company’s CEO Tim Whiteman observed an experienced supervisor had difficulty in finding the emergency lowering controls while carrying out a pre-use inspection.
Despite the fact this particular operative had carried out thousands of inspections before, a temporary ‘blind spot’ meant he was forced to consult the owners’ manual in order to find the controls. Andrew Delahunt, IPAF’s technical and safety director said: “The new design has been developed in consultation with IPAF members and safety experts to provide an easy-to-comprehend and clearly visible reminder to managers or supervisors of MEWP operations of where the lowering controls are in case of the operator in the platform becoming incapacitated.”
Apparently, the sticker has been subtly improved and continues to be aligned to international safety standards. IPAF has urged manufacturers, dealers, distributors, rental companies and owners of MEWP equipment to update the machines in their fleets with this updated sticker at their earliest convenience. It might seem like an oversight for all stakeholders to get behind and change something as elementary as a safety instruction sticker.
But Whiteman’s handy observation shouldn’t be taken sitting down. Today, we almost never hear about incidents from the access work business, and that is because associations such as IPAF and IRATA have done a fine job in laying out stringent norms. But a huge pat on the back needs to go in the way of manufactures and rental companies for pay attention to every minute detail to ensure no single man is harmed on duty.