This IPAF operator course is for the users of ‘Mobile Boom’ machines (commonly known as Cherry Pickers). This machine is driven to it’s place of work, will elevate without the use of legs and can also be driven whilst elevated.
1–3 DAYS (DEPENDENT ON MACHINE TYPE(S)
COURSE ENTRY CRITERIA
As the assembly and use of MEWPs can be physically demanding, users should be physically fit and in good health and should, generally, not have problems with eyesight or hearing, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights/vertigo, giddiness/difficulty with balance, impaired limb function, alcohol or drug dependence or psychiatric illness.
If you have any problems with literacy or language comprehension, or have any doubts about your fitness to use MEWPs, you must bring them to the attention of your employer. This need not preclude you from using MEWPs, provided your employer conducts an assessment and is able to put into place adequate measures to take account of any difficulties you may have.
To instruct an operator to prepare and safely operate various types of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and to obtain an IPAF MEWP Operators 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 the MEWP safely and manoeuvre the machine as required, to correctly position and carry out the required tasks in a correct and proper manner, inside and outside a building.
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, anchorage points in platforms, harness standards, explanation of fall arrest, lanyard types, use and correct fitting, rescue procedures, current recommendations [HSE & IPAF H1/05/05].
THE PROGRAMME WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS
Facilities, PAL Card overview and Pre-course theory test.
Different types of MEWP and their description and other courses available.
Stabilising, levelling, chassis drive options, turntable, boom/scissor pack and MEWP selection.
REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE
ISO 18878, European, HSWA, PUWER, LOLER, MHSW, WAHR & RIDDOR.
Thorough examinations, Familiarisation, Pre-Use Inspection, Identify Safety Items & Controls, Defects & Emergency descent.
SAFE OPERATING METHODS & HAZARDS
Electrical Hazards, Falls, Movement & Travel, Set-up, Operation, Fuelling, Parking and Securing.
Individual written test with explanation of pass requirements. Failure means applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day. Instructors can choose to use either Operator Theory Test Paper A or Operator Theory Test Paper B.
- 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 the following items: Tyres, main frame, turntable, fluid levels, 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/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, e.g. no loose objects.
- 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, observe all safety practices.
- Typical Work Applications – Carry out practice 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. Correct refuelling procedures, diesel, LPG. Battery checks, charging and safety precautions.
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 applicant will have to re-sit the course on another day.
Use of IPAF Log books. (Over 5 years the log book should have 60 entries.)
Course Evaluation and close.