UKCG tool kit stresses PAL + requirements

The UK Contractors Group’s mobile elevating work platforms good practice toolkit has been reviewed and updated to include additional guidance surrounding the selection of aerial work platforms and ground conditions as well as on IPAF’s MEWPS for managers course requirements and Powered Access Licence (PAL/PAL+) competence.

First issued in January 2014, the tool kit specifically provides guidance for UKCG job sites and its supply chain, on how to plan, manage and use aerial work on platforms on site, as well as how to ensure that they comply with all requirements. The revised tool kit, which highlights competence requirements for operators/users, states that: “operators of aerial work platforms will hold an IPAF PAL or CPCS qualification for the appropriate category. The UKCG recommends that all IPAF PAL qualified operators should obtain the PAL + qualification within the first two years of obtaining their PAL qualification in order to demonstrate a higher level of experience and competence.

The document also reiterates the group’s additional requirement, issued on 31st October 2013, that safety net riggers, steel erectors and associated trades working on member sites must hold a PAL + qualification or a relevant CPCS experienced worker card.