The steelwork erector’s cherry pickers were delivered to site with access control systems fitted. This means only someone with an IPAF+ card can start and use the machine. This is done by scanning the IPAF card over the reader, which then recognises the suitably trained operative and allows the MEWP to start up.
This can be over-ridden using a 4 digit pin code, which can only be obtained from the head office. No one knows the default code for the machine – not even the delivery driver or site supervisor.
If the steelwork company is not on site and the machine needs to be moved, head office can be called to obtain a temporary access code which allows use of the MEWP for a set period of time (say 20 minutes) to allow the machine too be moved but not carry out work unauthorised.
If the office have any concerns that the MEWP is being used without their consent for any other activities, the machine can be remotely shut down by the office.
This system allows full control over the safe use of MEWPS across site.
Entry submitted by Morgan Sindall.
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