UKCG considering making PAL Plus training mandatory
The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) is considering a move to make PAL + training compulsory for all safety netters and steel erectors and associated trades by 1st July 2013 in order to further minimise the risk of entrapment when MEWPs are used.
PAL+ is an additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments. Anyone who already holds a PAL card qualification in the relevant category can be considered for the training. The added “+” qualification indicates that the holder has demonstrated their ability to operate powered access equipment safely and effectively in very difficult environments.
At a meeting of the UKCG Health and Safety Sub-Group, it was agreed that a note be sent to the supply chains with the aim of consulting UKCG members regarding their views on the plans. The note states that: “The UKCG recognise that there are now a wide variety of MEWP anti-entrapment devices available on the market, and that these can be selected to suit both the machines and the work tasks being carried out.
It is also recognised that such devices are not, on their own, a solution to entrapment, but along the adequate planning and competent operators, these all play a significant and essential part of reducing the risks of entrapment.”