Stay Safe While Working on Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

Working on mobile elevated work platforms can be a dangerous job if you're not following safety guidelines. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most important safety tips to remember when working on MEWPs. Always wear the appropriate safety gear, stay aware of your surroundings, and use common sense when operating an MEWP. If you follow these guidelines, you can minimize the risk of injury while working on a MEWP.

MEWPs, or mobile elevated work platforms, are a type of aerial lift that is used to raise workers to high places. MEWPs can be either scissor lifts or boom lifts. Scissor lifts have a platform that is raised and lowered by hydraulic cylinders, while boom lifts have a platform that is raised and lowered by a hydraulic boom. MEWPs are used in a variety of industries, such as construction, warehousing, and manufacturing.

MEWPs can be dangerous if they are not used properly. Every year, there are accidents involving MEWPs that result in injuries and even death. The most common type of accident is when the MEWP tips over. Other accidents include workers being ejected from the platform, being struck by the MEWP, or falling while getting on or off the MEWP.

There are several safety tips to keep in mind when working with MEWPs:

  • Wear the appropriate safety gear: This includes all of your normal PPE, plus a safety harness and appropriate fall protection system.

  • Stay aware of your surroundings: Make sure that you know where the MEWP is at all times and that you are not at risk of contacting other workers, equipment, or structures. Be aware of power lines, overhead obstructions, and other potential hazards. Contact a supervisor or manager to verify if you need to barricade off your work area to keep others away.

  • Use common sense: Don't try to do anything that you wouldn't normally do. MEWPs are not toys, and they should be treated with respect.

  • Follow all manufacturer's instructions: MEWPs are only to be operated in a way that matches the design and intent of the equipment itself.

  • Avoid fall and dropped tool hazards: Ensure that everything in the basket has been secured; this means you, your hardhat, your tools, and any equipment or materials you need to complete your task.

  • Understand which legislation and regulations you work under: Depending on where you work and what sector you work in, you may have to follow different Health & Safety regulations and rules while operating equipment. Ask your Supervisor for clarification before beginning your tasks.

  • Perform a Hazard & Risk Assessment: Performing a task hazard assessment on your daily job will allow to put in the necessary controls to keep you and others safe. Remember that your assessment must include everything: your specific tasks, the equipment you're using, the environment around you, and any other workers or equipment that could affect you.

Following these safety tips will help to ensure that you have a safe and productive experience while working on MEWPs. Remember, always use common sense and follow the manufacturer's guidelines when operating an MEWP.


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