5 Key EWP Safety Considerations
Filed under: Elevating Work Plaftorms
This week’s blog is the final part in our series on elevating work platforms (EWP’s).
Our previous blog looked at operator licensing requirements for EWP’s.
This week’s blog looks at 5 safety tips for EWP operators to be aware of.
Ensure ground conditions are safe for operation
It is imperative that ground conditions where the unit is planned to operate are assessed for safety before commencing work.
In particular it is important regarding uneven ground, the slope and the softness of the ground.
Operating on uneven ground or on soft ground raises the chance the unit will become unstable and may overturn, which can result in damage to the EWP and the operator.
If the units brake aren’t operating at full capacity or the gradient of the slope being operated on is too steep for the brakes to hold the unit can roll out of control becoming a hazard the surrounding area and the operator.
It is imperative to ensure the units brakes are functioning optimally at all times, also the use of suitable base plates to eliminate uneven or soft ground can ensure ground conditions are safe for operation.
Correctly maintain unit/s to eliminate failure and down-time
Ensuring unit maintenance records are up to date and that any faults are rectified as soon as they are identified ensures the unit is safe to operate eliminating the chance the unit could critically fail whilst operational, which may result in costly downtime for repairs.
Undertaking daily pre-start operation inspections and function checks on all controls will ensure that any faults are identified and reported as soon as possible and can be fixed ASAP.
Ensuring the unit logbook is kept up to date keeps a record of any previous faults that have been rectified on the machine and when it is due for any necessary routine maintenance as per the manufacturer’s specifications.
Assess all work areas for potential hazards
Before operations commence it is important to assess the environment for potential hazards, eliminating hazards before work commences is essential and eliminates any risk.
An example of a potential hazard and preventative measure is other moving vehicles in the area including traffic. This hazard can be mitigated by clearly defining and enforcing vehicle exclusion zones around the work area.
It is also imperative to ensure there are no hazards above where the EWP basket will be raised to such as powerlines that could potentially electrocute operators in the basket.
Ensure emergency procedures are in place and that all employees are aware of them
It is imperative when operating EWP’s that correct emergency procedures are in place and that relevant first aid resources are easily accessible.
All employees need to know their roles and responsibilities in the event of an emergency.
In the event of a critical failure emergency procedures need to be carried out, first aid should be offered to any affected operator by qualified first aid personnel.
In the event of an emergency the EWP emergency stop procedure should be implemented to eliminate the risk of further injury.
Ensure all operators have the correct up to date training before they operate
Before operating, operators should be trained in the safe operation of the unit.
In the event of a problem operators should refer to the manufacturer’s manual for the correct solution.
It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that operators and workers operating or in the vicinity of an EWP understand and adhere to all on-site safety requirements.
The five tips mentioned in this week’s blog will assist EWP owners and operators in ensure safe operations at all times.
Adaptalift Group in conjunction with Dingli Australia is able to conduct full safety checks on EWPs or fleets to ensure they are fit for operation.
We can also supply all the necessary spare parts and accessories required to keep your unit/s operating at optimum capacity, whilst minimising downtime.
- Admin, E. (2018). 5 Simple Safety Tips for all Operators!. [online] Ewptrainingsolutions.com.au. Available at: http://www.ewptrainingsolutions.com.au/mobile-ewp-blog/general-info/item/5-simple-safety-tips-for-all-operators [Accessed 2 Jul. 2018].
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