How we ensure safe use of mobile elevated work platforms

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Working at height poses several fall and accident risks. Recent investigations by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) indicated the cost of height-related workplace falls is $24 million year-on-year. It also accounts for more than 50% of workplace-related injury claims. That’s why it’s so crucial to prioritise elevated work platform safety at all times.

Mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) are commonly used across several industries, and we take several steps to ensure our staff are fully equipped to safely operate these machines at all times. Find out more below!

What are mobile elevated work platforms?

MEWPs are generally used to move workers vertically (up and down) in order to access overhead areas that are otherwise difficult to reach. They are used across several industries, including agriculture, aviation, construction, entertainment, mining, warehousing and distribution, to name but a few.

The four most commonly used types of mobile elevated work platforms are:

  • Scissor lifts
  • Boom lifts
  • Vertical lifts
  • Access Master lifts

Why is elevated work platform safety so important?

Worksafe New Zealand describes mobile elevated work platforms as complex pieces of equipment that are often used to access hazardous areas. We regularly update our safety protocols based on their recommendations to ensure we are fully compliant with industry standards and best practices.

According to their data, many people have been either injured or killed in accidents involving MEWPs. There are a myriad of reasons as to why these accidents occur, but the main factor tends to be inadequate training and a failure to fully assess the hazards and risks of the job, site and equipment involved. Therefore, it is vital for anyone operating this equipment to be trained to adopt thorough safety measures at all times.

How we ensure our staff are properly trained in elevated work platform safety

Our commitment to ensuring the safe use of MEWPs starts with comprehensive training programs for our staff. We believe that investing in training is a key component of maintaining safe practices.

We send our employees on a comprehensive Safety N’ Action course focused entirely on deepening their understanding of elevated work platform safety.

During this course, they undergo rigorous training sessions covering topics such as MEWP operation, pre-start inspections, fall protection measures, and what to do in the case of an emergency. By equipping our team with these skills, we ensure that they are fully prepared to handle any situation and always have safety at the forefront of their minds.

How we ensure elevated work platform safety

What are the key benefits we see from this training?

  1. Employee safety: By investing in comprehensive training programs, we prioritise the safety and well-being of our staff. This not only reduces the risk of accidents but also fosters a culture of safety throughout our organisation.
  2. Client confidence: Our commitment to elevated work platform safety gives our clients peace of mind, knowing that we take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their premises and assets.
  3. Compliance with regulations: By adhering to safety guidelines and best practice, we fully comply with industry regulations. This demonstrates our commitment to safety across the spectrum.
  4. Enhancing efficiency: Proper safety training results in proficient operation of MEWPs. Our staff’s ability to operate MEWPs safely and efficiently increases productivity, reduces ‘down-time’, and minimises the risk of equipment damage.

How important is equipment maintenance?

In addition to training, we understand that regular equipment maintenance is vital for consistent elevated work platform safety. By undertaking scheduled inspections and critical maintenance checks, we are able to identify potential issues and prevent equipment failure before it happens.

By conducting thorough inspections and promptly addressing any maintenance or repair needs, we ensure that our mobile elevated work platforms are always in optimal working condition. We see this as yet another way of stopping the issue before it happens and being proactive regarding safety while using MEWPs.

We’re here to help!

At Rapid, the safe use of mobile elevated work platforms is our top priority. We understand the importance of training our staff in proper safety practices to enhance employee well-being, foster client confidence and comply with industry regulations. It’s just that simple!

This is why we send them all on the latest Safety N’ Action course; to ensure we are training them to be the safest and most efficient operators they can be. By investing in training programs and equipment maintenance, we lead in ensuring the safe operation of MEWPs. Contact us today and experience the benefits of a safety-oriented approach.

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