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Safety tips for aerial work platforms in tree care


July 13, 2016
By Anthony Capkun


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Photo courtesy IPAF.

July 13, 2016 – Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs, a.k.a. aerial work platforms, AWPs), are useful keeping T&D lines clear. That’s why the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has published safety tips for the use of MEWPs in tree-cutting to ensure operators work safely at height.

IPAF says statistics from its accident reporting project show about 1 in 5 of all MEWP-related fatalities involve tree care workers, despite MEWPs being among the safest means for temporary work at height, provided:

• a risk assessment is done
• managers and operators are properly qualified, trained and familiarized
• equipment is inspected and maintained
• safe use procedures are followed—including having a rescue plan

IPAF’s latest technical guidance analyzes some fatal incident reports, draws out the lessons learned, and provides safety tips for trained operators before, during and after tree care work.

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The International Powered Access Federation is a not-for-profit members’ organization promoting the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. Members include manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and users.



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