We insist that any of our Employees likely to use a MEWP or SPB hold an IPAF training Certificate.
For the sake of £600 for a day's training (4 people) it's not worth the risk of sending somebody up who is "half cocked". The pukka training covers actual use of the Machine, correct selection & use of Harness/Lanyard & rescue arrangements all of which are vitally important to any Operator.
The IPAF "Logbook" which is issued on qualification is a handy Tool for monitoring a persons useage of the Equipment & their level of skill/familiarisation & must be signed off on completeion of work by the Site management.
IMHO anyone using one of these Machines without correct, certified training is just another fatality waiting to happen.
BTW you can tailor the training to your own requirements if it is done on Site, we have our Guys trained on 3a & 3b (MEWPs & SPBs) which does not cover vehicle mounted or towed Machines.
Once the training is done you are covered for 5 years & only have to worry about risk assessments.
One major problem I find when having Contractors on Site using WAH equipment is that they frequently have the wrong Harness/Lanyard set, a "Fall Arrest" is of zero use when using these Machines, you should always use a "Restraint Harness" with a shortish lanyard to prevent leaning/climbing out of the Machine. The Kit should be inspected before & after use as well as periodically & it has a useable life of 5 years in service (10 years storage), again this is something you would be taught on the IPAF Course.
The whole business of "This is how it works mate, off you go" worries me.Would an untrained person know about pre use checks, where to find the LOLER test date on the Machine, what to do if the Controls malfunction, how to lower the Machine from the Ground in an emergency etc ?
Yey though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death I fear no Evil because I have all the Risk Assessments & Safe Systems Of Work with me.
sO WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE cAPS lOCK kEY DO?