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Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP) Tool Box Talk

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Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP)

Introduction: Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP’s) are useful pieces of plant when used properly. However, they combine height with mobility and can be extremely dangerous if misused.

Main points:
• Ensure the correct MEWP is selected for the task (ground, height, SWL, etc).
• Only suitably trained operators can use MEWP’s (must be trained for that specific item of plant).
• Continually monitor weather conditions.

Discussion points:
• Assess ground conditions (uneven surface could result in MEWP overturning).
• Check for overhead obstructions (especially overhead power lines) remembering height MEWP can be extended to.
• Beware of collision with other vehicles, plant, equipment, scaffold etc, be particularly aware when using near public footpaths and streets. Remember to allow for boom, arcs etc.
• Always check that the plant is stable prior to use, deploy stabilisers, outriggers etc, as required.
• Any tools, materials etc, taken on board must be secured so far as is reasonably practicable to ensure they don’t fall from the edge.
• It is recommended that operators employ safety harnesses as secondary protection.
• Never exceed Safe Working Loads.
• When manoeuvring in tight areas or near public rights of way ensure a banksman/slinger is deployed.
• Consider refuelling options (LPG, Diesel, etc). Refuelling should take place in the open air where practicable, and the engine must be switched off.
• Any diesel spillages, etc, should be cleaned up immediately.
• MEWP’s must be subject to thorough examinations at least once every six months, and should be subject to regular local inspections (weekly?) the findings of which should be recorded.


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