What training is required to work safely on a platform?

Working on a platform can be dangerous without adequate training and knowledge on the risks of working at height and how to operate a MEWP safely. In this blog, we explore what is legally required to be able to operate a MEWP and whether or not training should be done.

What is MEWP training?

MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platform) training will teach individuals how to prepare and operate different types of MEWPs, like cherry pickers, scissor lifts and boom lifts, correctly and safely.

The most popular type of MEWP training is an IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training course. Once an employee has completed IPAF training with an accredited provider, they will receive a Powered Access Licence, also known as a PAL card. Read our blog to find out more about what IPAF training is, or alternatively, if you would like to book a course, you can book one through our website. At Star Platforms, we are an accredited provider providing people with everything they need to know to safely and legally operate MEWPs.

Is MEWP training legally required?

Yes, it is a legal requirement for an employer to ensure their employees are adequately trained in the use of MEWP equipment before they use it.

Is IPAF a legal requirement?

Technically the training provided by employers doesn’t have to be IPAF training. However, an IPAF training course will cover all the relevant health and safety legislation and guidance on how employees will work at height safely.

Read our blog to find out more about the legal requirements around IPAF training.

Why is it important to provide MEWP training?

According to the 2022/23 annual report completed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the leading cause of death for workers is falls from height. In 2022/23, there were 40 deaths, 11 more than the previous year.

Even a fall from a low height, 2m or under, can be fatal. This emphasises the importance of regular adequate training to ensure all your workers are safe when doing their job.

Servicing and Maintaining your Powered Access Platform

Alongside adequate training, it is important to ensure that all your MEWPs are serviced and maintained correctly to ensure they are safe for workers to use.

At Star Platforms, we understand the importance of ensuring MEWPs are consistently maintained and serviced to the highest standards and carry out six-month LOLER testing to assist you in maintaining your legal requirements for the safe use of equipment.

Powered Access Platforms from Star Platforms

At Star Platforms, we have a wide range of MEWPs you can choose from that will suit your needs and requirements.

Depending on your needs, we have powered access platforms for sale or for hire. From an extra-tall cherry picker to a stable low-level platform, our range lets you find the perfect access solution for every job.

Get in touch!

If you’re ready to purchase powered access platforms, then you’re in the right place. At Star Platforms, we offer new and used access platforms at great prices. We also offer great finance options to help make it easy for you to get the job done, whatever your situation.

If you need help choosing the right solution for your needs and requirements, then our team at Star Platforms can help.

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