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Rescues at height made clearer thanks to new 'Rescue of Persons from MEWPs' safety plan.

Rescues at height made clearer thanks to new 'Rescue of Persons from MEWPs' safety plan.

1 November 2018 Email this article

A new concise safety document entitled ‘Rescue of Persons from MEWPs’ is now freely available. Published by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG), the 10-page publication provides guidance to put plans in place to rescue powered access users if they ever become stranded at height.

Discussing the guide, Kevin Minton, Chief Executive of the CPA, said: “We anticipate that the guidance will be a useful reference tool for MEWP hire companies, customers, operators and manufacturers.

“When MEWPs are used there is always an inherent risk of people becoming stranded at height due to a machine malfunctioning, breaking down or other influences. Although measures can be put into place to reduce the risk such as regular maintenance of equipment and the use of competent, medically fit operators, it is still important that organisations have plans in place should a rescue from a MEWP ever become necessary.”

Designed to provide guidance for organisations with control of the planning, management and use of MEWPs on site, the guide is made up of easy-to-digest sections and covers areas such as Health and Safety legislative requirements, responsibility for rescue, means of rescue, the use of the Emergency Services and discusses scenarios such as rescues using another MEWP.

The ‘Rescue of Persons from MEWPs’ publication is available for anyone to freely download from the CPA website at www.cpa.uk.net/sfpsgpublications.