6 Feb 2015

Accidents involving MEWPs have serious costs for businesses

Changes in Work at Height Regulations have led to a surge in the use of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms in the workplace.

It's crutial that the right type of equipment is used to ensure that work can be carried out correctly; detailed records should be supplied with a MEWP (also referred to as a cherry picker or scissor lift) and referred to for specific information. MEWPS have become an essential choice of equipment for short term work at height - maximising users safety.

Accidents involving Mobile Elevated Work Platforms can have major costs and implications for the business involved. The worst case scenarios may lead to major injuries and even fatalities. Users should carry out daily pre-use checks and weekly inspections to increase safety.



The Good To Go MEWP checklist can be used on cherry pickers, telescopic booms and scissor lifts – offering one simple solution for all varieties.

It also helps to comply with PUWER, LOLER, WAHR, CDM, IPAF & HSE legislation and best practice. The Status Tag is highly visible and can be placed by the entry of the cab to notify workers to carry out the pre-use inspections and to record of the findings.

*For our full range of MEWP inspection systems visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

6 comments:

  1. This year is my 15th to work trees via aerial platform lift having outriggers, serving more than 650 customers, mostly residential and some businesses. I estimate we work 70 to 120 days a year, maybe more if weather is favorable.
    If a book has not been written as a guide for selecting the right aerial equipment for cranes and access projects, it ought to be. I challenge a grad student to explore the minds of equipment operators, insurance providers, accident investigators, risk managers, hire operators (equipment rental companies), contractors, transport drivers, mechanics and estimators. I'd "give my eye teeth" to serve as a mentor to an author for the aspects of trailer lifts as I own a Niftylift and depend on it so much.

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  2. We see and hear so many stories of "how not to do it", it's always nice to hear from an arborist that knows how it should be done and is still learning even after 15 years. Thanks for the comments Sherman.

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  3. Please note that the IPAF statistics at the top of this article are MEWP accidents worldwide. MEWPs are extremely safe when used correctly. Thanks

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  4. Yes, if you go into the statistics you find a breakdown by country too - with the USA being the key contributor. Thankfully the UK seem to have a good safety record overall but as with most types of workplace equipment they are only as safe as the people that use them. Only a 'competent person' should be allowed to operate a MEWP who has been fully trained. As such, combined with pre-use checks there should be no reason to add to these depressing stats. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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  5. I couldn't agree more with the sentiments of this item, but there are still too many companies that will hire a MEWP in full knowledge that it is being used to lift loads and not as a Work Platform (i.e. a platform from which personnel work) Loads should be lifted by equipment specifically designed for the purpose, such as external elevators or Furniture Hoists.

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  6. Thanks Gary, I guess it's hard fromt he hire company's point of view. If they advise the customer how to use the MEWP and what to use it for etc but the customer ignores the advice/guidance then Im not sure what else they could do? But I do know where you are coming from with regards to some hire companies where a sale is a sale without any regards to who is using it and what they are using it for.

    You're right though it is all about allocating the correct tool for the job in hand but then going one step further to ensure you allocate the correct (competent) person to the job too.

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