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EWPA updates guidance on Secondary Guarding

As part of its mandate to promote safe use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), the Elevating Work Platform Association (EWPA) has updated their Information Sheet on Secondary Guarding on MEWPs.

The information sheet is freely available on the EWPA website as an online resource for both members and the general public.

Andrew Delahunt the Director of Resources at the EWPA said “The EWPA is committed to promoting the safe use of MEWPs. We want everyone to understand what a Secondary Guarding system is, when it is required and how it functions. This guidance has been updated to cover newly developed systems that are now available and is relevant to supervisors and MEWP operators.”

What do I need to know about Secondary Guarding Systems for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)?

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) assist in making working at height safer however there are still risks present that can endanger life. There is a risk that the MEWP operator or platform occupants can become trapped or crushed between the MEWP platform and an external obstruction during the movement of the MEWP.
Secondary guarding systems, in conjunction with safe work planning, MEWP selection, operator training and familiarisation, as well as existing MEWP design features, may further minimise the risk of crushing and entrapment plus reduce the harm if an entrapment occurs.

The Secondary Guarding on MEWPs Information Sheet can be viewed HERE.

Please visit the EWPA website for more information on the EWPA and the Secondary Guarding Information Sheet.

For access to additional information sheets and to find out how to become a member of the EWPA, visit the membership application page, HERE.


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