IPAF has published a US edition of guidance aimed at avoiding trapping or crushing incidents when aerial work platforms (AWPs) are used in confined overhead spaces. The Best Practice Guidance for AWPs: Avoiding Trapping/Crushing Injuries to People in the Platform was published in April 2011, following the publication of the original UK guidance in July 2010.
This guidance was originally produced by a group of British organizations collectively known as the Strategic Forum for Construction, which included IPAF and the HSE (the UK Health and Safety Executive). It was prepared by the industry to provide clarity about the safe use of AWPs including planning, equipment selection, training, provision of information, familiarization, safe use, supervision and rehearsal of rescue procedures, together with monitoring of the whole process.
The UK document has been reviewed and made available for American use, in response to requests from AWPT training centers and IPAF members, including the IPAF Manufacturers’ Technical Committee. There are no substantive changes to the document, and any changes are limited to items that are related to legislation, standards or language.
The US edition contains references to US legislation and is not intended to be complete guidance on all aspects of AWP operation. Operators of AWPs must at all times be properly trained and familiarized.