EPIC has produced a guidance paper to help minimise the consequences of an accident, when working with insulated panel systems.

With the HSE reporting that falling from height has caused 37 fatalities and 37,000 cases of non-fatal injuries during 2015-2016[1], it is more important than ever to help raise awareness of better and safer ways of working. If it is necessary to work at height, suitable equipment should always be provided to keep workers safe.

EPIC’s ‘Safe Handling of Insulated Panels including use of Mechanical Handling Equipment’ examines the planning process, the handling of insulated panels, and working at height issues and controls. The document covers areas that should be considered to reduce risks when preparing matters, as well as during the CDM and installation stages. In particular, it focuses on the use of mechanical handling equipment for the installation of insulated panels.

The guide discusses adequate training in correct lifting techniques, procedures and practices, the use of apparatus such as forklifts or lifting beams with crane forks on the ground, in addition to safety nets and edge protection when working on a roof. EPIC also encourages the consideration of weather conditions and how this may affect the ability to work without incident.

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[1] http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causinj/kinds-of-accident.pdf