Boom Type Platforms
When working from a boom type Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP), it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard be used to provide work restraint. The lanyardshould be adjusted to be as short as possible and may contain an energy absorbing device.
- Static Booms (1b)
- Mobile Booms (3b).
It is not normally necessary for personnel working from a vertical lift to wear fall protection equipment, other than in exceptional circumstances. This includes Static Verticals (1a), Mobile Verticals (3a), Push Around Verticals (PAV) and Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWP). The need for a fall protection system will be the outcome of a job specific risk assessment undertaken prior to work commencing and taking into consideration the manufacturer’s operators’ manual.
Fall Protection in Mobile
More details see
Technical Guidance Technical Guidance Note
For information on preventing falls and on the use of harnesses and lanyards in MEWPs see:
EN 354:2010 Personal fall protection equipment. Lanyards
EN 355:2002 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. Energy absorbers
EN 358:2000 Personal protective equipment for work positioning and prevention of falls from a height. Belts for work positioning and restraint and work positioning lanyards
EN 360:2002 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. Retractable type fall arresters
EN 361:2002 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. Full body harnesses
EN 362:2004 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. Connectors
EN 363:2008 Personal fall protection equipment. Personal fall protection systems
EN 365:2004 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. General requirements for instructions for use, maintenance, periodic examination, repair, marking and packaging
BS 8437:2005 Code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace
HSE Information Leaflet MISC614 Preventing falls from boom-type mobile elevating work platforms.
Available from the HSE website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/misc614.pdf
This guidance note was originally developed by the Powered Access Interest Group, a joint committee of the International Powered Access Federation and the Construction Plant-Hire Association, with representatives from hire companies and the Health & Safety Executive, on 18.04.05.
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