Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Elevating Work Platform (EWP) Shocker!

This shows the use of an elevating work platform (EWP) on uneven ground.

Scissor-lift EWPs must not be operated on uneven ground unless outriggers are used. They definitely should not be chocked as shown. If the surface is uneven, relocate the EWP to flat ground. Use a knuckle-boom lift or review what other height access can be employed.

Safe work practices:
- Train operators to operate equipment safely
- Ensure the supporting surface is firm, clear of obstructions and wheels or outriggers are contacting the ground before elevating or repositioning the unit
- Test equipment before operation to ensure all safety devices are fully functional
- Ensure all level indicators are in place and fully functional.