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Platform regulation changes welcomed

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THE INTERNATIONAL Powered Access Federation has welcomed proposed changes in the European design standard EN280 for self-propelled platforms.

Tim Whiteman, IPAF managing director, said: 'This will formalise good practice and ensure safety is designed in.

'This, together with operator training, will encourage safer work at height.' The standard, set to be given its final revision reading next month, will include new design criteria to cut the risk of workers being trapped at height or thrown out of the operator cage.

All cages on boom platforms will now have to have clearly labelled harness anchorage points of a set strength ? which is yet to be calculated ? to prevent workers from being catapulted out.

The controls in the cage will also have to be either recessed or protected by a bar or shroud.

Inadvertent contact with controls is the main reason operators get trapped at height.