30 Jul 2009

Things to consider when using a MEWP

Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) can provide a safe way of working at height. They:
  • Allow the worker to reach the task quickly and easily
  • Have guard rails and toe boards which prevent a person falling
  • Can be used in-doors or out

MEWPs include cherry pickers, scissor lifts and vehicle-mounted booms. Important advice on the selection and management of MEWPs can be found on the following link:


Things to consider

If you are thinking of using a MEWP look at the following questions.


How high is the job from the ground?


Do you have the appropriate MEWP for the job? (If you are not sure, check with the hirer or manufacturer.)


What are the ground conditions like - is there a risk of the MEWP becoming unstable or overturning?


Are the people using the MEWP trained, competent and fit to do so?


Could the MEWP be caught on any protruding features or overhead hazards, e.g. steelwork, tree branches or power lines?

Is there passing traffic, and if so, what do you need to do to prevent collisions?


Do you need to use either work restraint (to prevent people climbing out of the MEWP) or a fall arrest system (which will stop a person hitting the ground if they fall out)? Allowing people to climb out of the basket is not normally recommended - do you need to do this as part of the job?


Has the MEWP been examined, inspected and maintained as required by the manufacturer’s instructions and daily checks carried out?

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/mewps.htm (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence.)

The latest Good to Go Safety checklist has been designed specifically for MEWPs, allowing operatives to carry out a quick and easy-to-follow inspection of the equipment, prior to use. For more information visit: http://www.goodtogosafety.co.uk/mewp.php

1 comment:

  1. I found this article whilst looking for other information on MEWP's however I have to say there is some really useful advice here, thanks for sharing.


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