IPAF Global Safety Report
Friday 25th June

IPAF release new global safety report

Falls and electrocutions are the main causes of accidents and fatalities at height

IPAF’s global safety report is out now! The report analyses data between 2016 to 2020 and assesses the main causes of accidents and fatalities while using powered access equipment.

Main findings of IPAF’s global safety report

The main findings of the report are:

  • Falls from height and electrocutions are the main causes of accidents and fatalities at height.
  • Proper planning is essential to avoiding accidents at height. Inadequate risk assessment, incorrect training, as well as unsuitable machine selection, come up frequently.
  • Near-miss information is extremely useful in helping to prevent more serious accidents from occurring at height.

IPAF’s worldwide accident reporting project

IPAF’s accident reporting project launched in 2012 to collect data on all incidents involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), mast climbing work platforms (MCWPs) and hoists. Its main aims are to identify risks and monitor trends within the industry to reduce the number of incidents worldwide. Findings contribute to all IPAFs work, driving safety initiatives and informing technical guidance, best practice and training programs.

The reporting portal was relaunched in September 2020 to make it more accessible and easier to report incidents and near misses. Anyone can report an incident and it is accessible from a range of devices.

Report an incident or near-miss: www.ipafaccidentreporting.org.

Read the report

You can read the report here.