UK renters urge harnesses action

15 April 2008

Many of the UK's biggest access rental companies are urging aerial platform manufacturers, the Health &Safety Executive (HSE) and major contractors to take a tougher stance on enforcing the use of safety harnesses when operating boom–type platforms. There is also wide support for the wearing of harnesses to become a legal requirement.

The consensus at a special meeting on 18 December of the UK's powered access interest group – a joint body of IPAF and the Construction Plant–hire Association (CPA) – was that more needed to be done to ensure that operators follow IPAF guidance on the use of harnesses. The meeting was held at the headquarters of AFI and attended by Nationwide Access, The Platform Company, A–Plant and others.

IPAF strongly recommends that operators in boom–type machines wear a body harness connected to the cage via a short lanyard for restraint. There are exceptions to this advice, such as when an operator is working over water.

Tim Whiteman, managing director of IPAF, told AI; “There's a feeling that we all have to work together. The rental industry has said that something is going wrong and has now got together and agreed a common position. They would like the HSE, manufacturers and main contractors to get behind them and support the initiative.” See more on this story at news section.

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