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IPAF analysis reveals delivery drivers most at risk from MEWP accidents

IPAF analysis reveals delivery drivers most at risk from MEWP accidents

2 July 2013 Email this article

Analysis of data collected through IPAF's accident reporting scheme has revealed that delivery drivers are most at risk of being involved in accidents involving MEWPs, and should be the focus of training delivery programmes.

Up until 30 April 2013, a total of 303 MEWP-related incidents had been reported by IPAF UK rental company members, involving either their own employees or those of customers.

In total, 46% of these incidents resulted in injury, 43% resulted in damage and 11% were near misses.

About a third of the incidents - 104 - involved drivers, suggesting that with a million movements of MEWPS by road every year, loading and unloading is potentially one of the most dangerous activities.

Other incidents involved engineers (25%), customers (22%) and operators (18%).

The main causes of injuries were: slips/trips/falls at the same level (23%), manual handling (16%,) and use of hand tools (15%).  Other causes included being stranded in equipment (7%), and walking or bumping into equipment (6%).  Pinpointing the exact causes of MEWP accidents means IPAF will be more able to tailor safety training to the needs of the industry.

"The findings are groundbreaking," said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. "Credit is due to IPAF's UK member rental companies for committing to report any known MEWP accidents involving their staff, and to the combined efforts of the IPAF UK country council in championing this project."