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Do I need to wear a harness to operate a trailer mounted platform?

The operating of MEWPs is covered by law within the Work at Height Regulations 2005, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 and The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998. These regulations state that precautions must be taken to minimise the risk of accidents and injuries, including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when operating MEWPs following a risk assessment. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with a short lanyard is worn when using a trailer mounted access platforms, as this prevents operators falling out of, or being thrown from, the basket, and also aids rescue. The International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) official statement on wearing harnesses in boom type platforms is as follows:

‘When working from a boom type Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard be used to provide work restraint. The lanyard should be adjusted to be as short as possible and may contain an energy absorbing device.’

We strongly recommend the use of ZT ‘Zero Trauma’ full body harnesses. For more information http://ztsafetysystems.com/ or call 0844 573 4899

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