Mandate on Secondary Guarding for MEWPS

The past year has seen a rise in the number of safety procedures adopted by companies in the construction and heavy machinery industry to further improve the safety of operatives on their sites.

The past year has seen a rise in the number of safety procedures adopted by companies in the construction and heavy machinery industry. Many influential clients and contractors have mandated Secondary Guarding on MEWP operations to further improve the safety of operatives on their sites.

A leading Oil & Gas company in Saudi Arabia has mandated that contractors must use secondary guarding devices on all MEWPs in operation within their sites.This has led to many sub-contractors to use the Secondary Guarding device while using MEPWs for work at height tasks.

The mandate values safety which not only increases productivity but also can save money preventing Lost Time Incidents on site.

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When it comes to operator safety, there are two kinds of guarding systems - primary and secondary.

Primary Guarding: Systems that are already built into the machine by the manufacturer in which all controls, particularly foot operated controls, shall be constructed to prevent inadvertent operation. Examples of primary guarding include foot pedals, shrouds, stand-off bars, guards and sunken controls that are fitted as standard by most MEWP manufacturers.

Secondary Guarding: A piece of equipment that can be fitted to a MEWP in addition to the primary guarding system. Secondary Guarding Devices are intended to further reduce the risk of entrapment and / or provide an alert when an entrapment situation has occurred.

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Rapid Access' pioneering SkySiren® secondary guarding solution is designed to reduce the risk of injury or fatality from crushing on MEWPs. In the event of entrapment of an operator, the pressure sensitive strip of the SkySiren® will stop the machine from moving instantly and signals an audible alarm and flashing beacon alerting people on the ground.

Click here to watch a video on the SkySiren.