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MEWP Boom, Scissor & Mast Climber (IPAF or ITSSAR)

Relevant sectors: Applicable to most industries

1-3 days (dependent on machine types)

To instruct an Operator to prepare and safely operate various types of MEWPs and to obtain an IPAF MEWP Operator Licence.
At the end of the course the Operator will:
• Be aware of the relevant Health and Safety regulations.
• Be aware of accident prevention and control.
• Be aware of the needs regarding personnel protection.
• Be aware of the need to refer to the machine Operating Manual.
• Drive and manoeuvre the MEWP safely to correctly position and carry out the required tasks in a correct and proper manner.

What the operator should know:
• The pre-use checks and daily maintenance to be carried out prior to commencing work.
• The correct and safe method of operating the specific machine.
• The correct emergency procedures, capacities and limitations to enable safe operation.
• Selection and use of fall protection equipment covering, as a minimum:
– Harness wearing: how to put it on and fit it properly
– Lanyard adjustment: adjusted for machine and candidate
– Attachment to the MEWP: designated anchor point and karabiner locking
– Proof of inspection: candidates to check if their harness has a proof of inspection (please note that inspection is not covered in this course. Current recommendations HSE and IPAF H1).

Course structure
Facilities, objectives, PAL Card overview, Health and Fitness Statement and pre-theory test.
Regulations and guidance
MEWP categories
Different groups/types of MEWP, descriptions of each and other courses available.
Structural parts
Stabilising, levelling, chassis drive options, turntable, boom/scissor pack and MEWP selection.
Familiarisation and pre-use inspections
Familiarisation, pre-use inspection, pre-use battery checks, controls and safety features, defects and emergency descent.

Safe operating methods and hazards
Movement and travel, set-up, operation, parking, securing and re-fuelling.

Theory test
Individual written test with explanation of pass requirements. Failure means the applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.

Practical training
• Introduction to the actual machine: walk around and familiarisation with MEWP.
• Major components: identification of each component and its function.
• Pre-use checks and inspection: carry out all the required checks/inspections on tyres, main frame, turntable, fluid levels, battery checks using suitable and sufficient PPE for the task undertaken, subject to a Risk Assessment, with a minimum of goggles and gloves, hoses, electrical cables, booms, cage, brakes, steering, lights, travel, controls, (lower/upper), pins/retaining bolts and decals and additional points from the machine operations manual.
• Starting and stopping the machine: correct starting and shut down procedures.
• Pre-use function checks: fully function the machine and carry out full emergency lowering procedure.
• Checks prior to road travel: for example: PTO disengaged, booms retracted, stabilisers retracted, machine secure, no loose objects, etc.
• Planning the route: gradients, access, overhead obstructions and ground conditions.
• Travelling the route and manoeuvring the machine (where applicable): ensure route clear, use of assistant to signal, etc., practise close manoeuvring and observe correct driving practices (tail swing, etc.).
• Setting the machine for work: practise setting up, barrier off requirements, road requirements, stabiliser set-up and carry out stabiliser deployment checks.
• Basic operational practice: carry out operational functions at 75% of full working envelope (so far as is reasonably practical) and observe all safety practices.
• Typical work applications: practise applications observing all safety practices.
• Parking the machine: ensure that the machine is correctly parked, engine stopped, brakes applied, keys removed and clearance of all obstacles. Outline correct refuelling procedures (diesel, LPG), battery checks, charging and safety precautions.

Practical assessment
Individual verbal questions from the operator, practical verbal question paper and practical test based on the use of the MEWP Operator Practical Test Plan with explanation of pass requirements. Failure means the applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
During the assessment only one candidate should be in the machine.

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