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Use MEWPs safely in tree care

Use MEWPs safely in tree care

22 July 2016 Email this article

IPAF has released new advice for those using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms in the arboriculture and tree care industry. Safety is a major concern when tree cutting, especially when working at height.

Statistics from IPAF’s accident reporting project show that approximately one in five of all MEWP-related fatalities involve tree care workers. Yet MEWPs are one of the safest means for temporary work at height, provided that:

  • A risk assessment is done
  • Managers and operators are properly qualified, trained and familiarised
  • Equipment is inspected and maintained
  • Safe use procedures are followed, including having a rescue plan

The guidance draws out valuable lessons from fatal incident reports, and provides safety tips for operators to follow before, during and after tree work.

"Whether you are a professional tree worker or a hobby gardener, if you are using a MEWP to work at height, make sure that you complete formal recognised operator training for the correct use of this specialist equipment," said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman.

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