The sole purpose of a MEWP is to lift people (called operators) to a position so they can work at height safely. Considering that, it could be understood that mobile aerial work platforms are not designed to just move people like an elevator or exit the basket in order to access height areas.
There are only 2 cases where an operator may be authorized to leave the work platform :
- If after a robust risk assessment, it can be clearly demonstrated that it is the safest and most effective means of accessing a particular location.
- If it is part of a formal emergency rescue plan.
Be careful though, if ever you find yourself in such a situation, it is your employer’s responsibility to put guarantees on your safety, considering safety procedures and MEWP program you followed before using this type of vehicle.
A site-specific risk assessment should be undertaken to ensure that all associated hazards and risks have been considered, and relevant control measures have been implemented. Consider the need for:
- Fall prevention methods to be maintained at all times during the transfer
- An operator to remain in the raised MEWP platform at all times
- Action to minimise dynamic loads from being exerted on the platform
- Action to prevent unexpected or inadvertent movement of the platform
- The use of designated MEWP exit points and not allowing exit or entry of the platform by climbing over the guardrails
- Supervision by a responsible body to ensure that the identified safe method is adhered to by all personnel involved
- Possible rescue from any associated structure.
Can a MEWP be used as a substitute for a crane?
Due to their specific design, MEWP can only be used to elevate operators and their equipment. They are designed for accessing high areas that would otherwise be difficult to access. Whilst crane are designed to lift and move heavy objects.
Operator Comfort in Aerial Platforms: A Key to Safety
Aerial platform operators are akin to superheroes. Working at heights, they face unique challenges and must contend with various risks. It is imperative to ensure that their risky work is made as secure as possible. One way to achieve this is by enhancing operator comfort when using an aerial platform. At Klubb, we recognize that investing in operator comfort can have a significant impact on their safety and productivity.
PPE: what is their importance for the safety of operators?
Personal protective equipment (PPE) has the role of protecting operators of aerial work platforms from the various risks they face in their profession. PPE is not the only form of protection, but rather one among other safety measures that employers, employees on site, and manufacturers providing safe work platforms should consider.