Friday, December 27, 2013

IPAF's Clunk Click Campaign Hits Singapore

IPAF, with support from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workplace Safety and Health Council, has launched Singapore’s first industry-led safety campaign for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).  "The campaign rides on the success of IPAF’s worldwide initiatives, such as the Clunk Click campaign, which calls for users of boom-type platforms to wear a full body harness with a short restraint lanyard attached to a suitable anchor point," IPAF states. The group's Raymond Wat adds, "There are still people out there who do not put on a harness in a boom-type platform and who risk being catapulted out in the event of an accident.”

IPAF is also distributing “Are you trained?” stickers that highlight the need for training when operating
an MEWP. In Singapore, all MEWP operators must be trained by MOM-accredited training providers. According to IPAF, its training program for MEWP operators conforms to ISO 18878, Mobile Elevating Work Platforms--Operator (Driver) Training. "More than 100,000 operators are trained each year through a worldwide network of over 550 training centers," IPAF reports.