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    Emergency Procedure at Height

    LOGO

  • Planning for emergency

    rescue

    Jason WOODS IPAF Middle East Country Representative

  • Not for profit organisation

    Current number of members worldwide - 1055

    Number of countries where IPAF have members 55

    Number of Country Councils 9

    Number of training centres worldwide 573

    Average number of operators trained per month 11,700

    Number of operators trained to date in 2015 130,657

    Number operators with a valid card 620,000

    Representatives on major design, safe use and training standards

    Provide support, campaign material, guidance, information

    Research and development projects

    PROMOTE THE SAFE AND EFFECTIVE USE OF

    MEWPs WORLDWIDE

    IPAF Facts www.ipaf.org

  • Planning for emergency rescue

    Legal requirement to plan for emergency and rescue when anyone

    is working at height

    The speed and ease of rescue can make a very significant

    difference if any injuries sustained.

    Safe rescue capability is designed and built in to all MEWPs:

    Auxiliary controls in the platform

    Additional set of controls at ground level

    Approx. 40,000 MEWPs in UK

  • MEWP control design varies

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  • Stages of emergency rescue planning

    Identify what could reasonably go wrong and how it can effect those at height Risk Assessment

    Implement suitable measures to eliminate or reduce the possibility of anything going wrong.Prevention measures

    Suitable means of lowering persons safely to the ground if prevention measures fail A Plan

    Making sure everyone involved knows what to do .Communicate and practice

  • Risk assessment

    Familiarity of control functions

    Machine failure or malfunction

    External influence materials - traffic

    Operator incapacitated

    No-one on ground to assist

    No-one familiar with the ground controls

    No key in the ground controls

    Unsafe work practices

  • How well do you know:

    Regulations and

    standards affecting

    MEWP usage?

    Safe operating

    methods and hazard

    awareness? (PAL+)

    Safety beyond

    training?

  • Familiarity of control functions

    Machine failure or malfunction

    External influence materials - traffic

    Operator incapacitated

    No-one on ground to assist

    No-one familiar with the ground controls

    No key in the ground controls

    Unsafe work practices

    Prevention measures

    Nominated

    ground

    person

    Safe

    systems of

    work and

    supervision

    Familiarisation

    Rehearse

    rescue

    Pre-use checks

    Site

    supervision

    Competent

    Operators

    Key at ground

    control station

    Organised

    site

  • A Plan

    Use Platform controls - Normal

    Auxiliary

    Use ground controls - Normal

    Auxiliary

    Contact service engineer

    If serious or imminent risk consider basket to

    basket rescue

  • http://www.ipaf.org/en/publications/technical-guidance-notes/

    Write it down

  • Recent court case April 2013

    11 April 2009 Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford- West London

    A 39 year old company employee was trapped between the guardrail

    of a scissor lift and some overhead ducting.

    A colleague was unable to release him and bring him down because

    he was unaware of how to use the emergency controls.

    Although XXXX XXXX cannot be held directly accountable for the

    death, the company should have ensured staff knew how to operate

    the equipment they were using.

    Fined 30,000 plus 29,000 in costs

  • HSE Statement

    Familiarisation was inadequate

    Industry guidance dictates that familiarisation is essential for anyone using MEWPs

    Should be routinely assessed because controls vary between different makes and models

    http://www.ipaf.org/en/publications/technical-guidance-notes/

  • Communicate and practice

    Drills must include

    practising the use of the

    ground controls and

    emergency controls for

    each machine in use.

    Emergency control systems differ in design

    and position

    MEWP operators, supervisors and others

    involved must be briefed on and practice

    their emergency procedures

  • Rope evacuation WARNING!

    HSE is aware of several serious incidents and at least one fatal

    incident involving the use of rope evacuation systems

    These incidents predominantly occurred during training for

    rope escape

  • Summary

    The need for emergency rescue is a rare event

    When needed it must be done quickly and safely

    Risk Assess and implement control measures

    Develop a plan

    Communicate and practice the plan

    No rescue method should introduce in-proportionate to the risk

    Having a mobile phone to call the emergency services is NOT an suitable or acceptable rescue plan.

    Thank you for your listening

    For more information about IPAF or any issues regarding the safe

    use of MEWPs please visit the IPAF website at www.ipaf.org

    http://www.ipaf.org/

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