Manufacturer members of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) have agreed on a new symbol that will call out the location of emergency descent controls.
"Even experienced operators sometimes have difficulty locating the emergency descent controls that every mobile elevating work platform is fitted with," said IPAF Managing Director Tim Whiteman. "We encourage manufacturers to fit this decal as standard on new equipment and rental companies to fit it to their existing fleets."
The decal should be positioned to clearly indicate the location of the emergency descent controls.
Operators should ensure that somebody at ground level knows how to use the controls in an emergency.
Manufacturers can obtain the artwork for the emergency descent symbol for use on their equipment. The artwork can be downloaded from the resources section of http://www.ipaf.org. Limited numbers of free copies are available from IPAF.