More people die from falls at work than from any other cause. The use of mobile elevating work platforms/powered access equipment has been a major factor in the reduction in falls accidents. For temporary work at height this kind of equipment is often the safest solution.
However there are currently under investigation a number of fatal and serious accidents where operators have become trapped between the guardrails or other equipment on the platform and adjacent obstructions. The purpose of this safety notice is to publicise the issue and direct users to new guidance which addresses this particular aspect of MEWP use.