Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) organised a seminar on safe use of Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) at ITE College West in Chua Chu Kang on 28th March 2016.
In collaboration with ITE Health, Safety, Environment and Quality, IPAF, Cushman & Wakefield and the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, the MOM aims to raise awareness among mobile access stakeholders on the importance of MEWP safety including demonstrating best practices by the industry.
Guest of Honour, Er. Ho Siong Hin, the Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health of MOM, delivered the opening speech followed by other speakers such as Er. Tan Kee Chong Deputy Director, OSH Specialists Department of MOM and Mr Chris Wraith, Technical & Safety Executive of IPAF.
Topics discussed at the seminar include regulatory updates, fall protection in MEWP, best practices on MEWP Safety and details on secondary guarding devices for MEWPs that was delivered by MR Chris Wraith.
Haulotte took the opportunity to promote its very own secondary guarding device, Haulotte ACTIV’Shield© Bar; a secondary guarding device with good ergonomics of good visibility and maintained controls ease of use for boom lifts provides a high level of safety that alerts operator to potential entrapment situation. This reduces the risk of overhead crushing injuries, and at the same time preserve a good working envelope/productivity.
The unique value added system features Safety GapTM that prevents the operator from full entrapment and allows operator to get out of danger. Only reverse/lowering movements are allowed following the alert which allows the possibly panicked operator to get out of trouble without making the situation worse.
Uniquely after being triggered, the system is easy to reset and reactivate from the basket which means there is no machine downtime.
The system responds to demands from the industry to protect operators from this type of risk, and reaffirms Haulotte’s commitment to safe working at height.
The seminar ended with a practical demo session. IPAF’s Regional General Manager of Southeast Asia, Mr Raymond Wat demonstrated pre-use inspection on scissor lift and boom lift with Mr Chris Wraith pointing out the details.
About 200 participants of safety professionals, suppliers, owners, contractors and users of MEWP attended the seminar that day.