If you’re considering a material lift hire for your business, it’s easy to get caught up in the specifications. However, any material lift, no matter how good it is, is only as safe as the workers using it. If you’ve not hired a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) for a while or this is your first time it’s important to understand the safety requirements. In this article, we will look at five tips that will help your workers to work safely at height.
All Work Needs to be Carefully Planned and Supervised
Whenever work is carried out at height, it introduces a whole new set of hazards that need to be managed carefully. Any work of this nature needs to be planned out in advance and supervised by someone competent. The IPAF course MEWPs for Managers has been designed specifically for this purpose. Before the work begins, a Risk Assessment should be carried out and then a Method Statement should be produced. This information should be communicated to the workers and anyone else involved in the work.
Choose the Right MEWP for the Task
There are many different types of MEWPs available to choose from, and it’s important to choose the correct machine. There are a number of factors to consider, such as the location, the ground conditions, the power source, the required MEWP dimensions, the Safe Working Load you need and the available operator competence.
Is Your Prospective Operator Qualified?
Anyone operating a MEWP should have an up to date IPAF Powered Access Licence (PAL), a CPCS operator card, an NPORS (National Plant Operators’ Regulations Scheme) card and/or an RTITB (Road Transport Industry Training Board) card instead. These cards should be relevant for the category of the MEWP that you want to use at your site.
Understand the Specific MEWP
Any training course, no matter how comprehensive, cannot cover the vast range of available MEWPs. There will be significant differences between MEWPs that are designed to perform the same task. For this reason, it’s important that the operator has time to get used to the machine that you’ve hired. This should include reading the operators manual that will be provided and spending some time to familiarise themselves with the controls.
Identify Hazards on the Site
There are many hazards that can affect a MEWP, such as hidden trenches, manhole covers, uneven ground, overhead power lines, bridge or trees and areas where the wind speed is increased. These hazards should be communicated to the operator so that they can be avoided. The operator should have good visibility at all times when manoeuvering the MEWP into position. To protect people from falling objects, warning signs, cones and/or barricades should be deployed to keep people out of the
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