Exiting safely at height
IPAF has released updated guidance E2 on exiting the platform at height. The document states that MEWPs are specifically designed to lift people to a position where they can work at height safely within the platform and that MEWPs are not designed for the purposes of transfer or exiting at height. Hence, people should only enter or exit the work platform at access positions at ground level or on the MEWP chassis.
The document outlines criteria for exceptional cases where MEWPs may be used to gain access to or from a work area at height, where exiting the platform at height may be permitted, what hazards should be considered in the risk assessment, and what control measures should be taken.