Aerial work platforms are widely acknowledged as one of the safest and most efficient means of working at height, however, entrapment incidents are usually serious and often fatal. Between 2016 and 2020, the IPAF accident reporting portal www.ipafaccidentreporting.org noted 73 fatalities from entrapment incidents across 15 countries.
The guidance, originally published in 2010, has undergone significant revision, and the document has been restructured to improve readability and understanding of the topic, while new illustrations have been added. The content reflects and builds upon findings from the recently published Health & Safety Executive Research Report (HSE RR1180:2022), which examined the effectiveness of secondary guarding when employed in a range of different entrapment scenarios.
The document is available to view and download free of charge from either the IPAF or CPA websites.
Brian Parker, IPAF’s head of safety & technical said: “This updated guidance has taken a while to develop, but it was much needed, as data gathered via IPAF’s Reporting Portal shows that entrapment is consistently one of the top five causes of serious injuries and deaths when using work platforms.
“Much work and cross-industry consultation has gone into this document to ensure it is comprehensive, clear and concise. The powered access industry has changed significantly over the past five to 10 years, with technological advancements driving secondary guarding devices and machine capabilities and complexities. Meanwhile, the breadth of industry end applications has developed considerably over that period."
“We feel this new guidance document adequately encompasses all of these changes and provides an important point of reference to aid in minimising entrapment risks for all those planning, executing and supervising work at height using work platforms. We are pleased to see it published for users to read and download completely free of charge.”
The Construction Industry Plant Safety Group for MEWPs membership includes the CPA, IPAF, HSE and Fall Arrest Safety Equipment and Training (FASET), as well as significant representation from platform owners, manufacturers and major contractors.