Friday Safety Toolbox Talk - MEWPS

FRIDAY SAFETY TOOLBOX TALK - MEWPS

FRIDAY SAFETY TOOLBOX TALK - MEWPS

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Electrification Construction Services Ltd

Unit 9, Wheelock Heath Business Court

Alsager Road

Wheelock

Cheshire

CW11 4RQ


TOOL BOX TALK - MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS


OVERVIEW

This talk will cover: the hazards and safe operating methods for MEWPs.

HAZARDS

  • 1. Operatives falling from height due to unsafe work practices.
  • 2. Overturning of the machine due to poor operating technique or unsatisfactory ground conditions.
  • 3. Collision with other vehicles (knuckle or elbow of boom moving into the path of other traffic).
  • 4. Tools and materials, etc, falling from heights.
  • 5. Contact with high level, live electrical cables and other obstructions.
  • 6. Exhaust fumes, if used in confined areas.
  • 7. High wind speeds and other adverse weather conditions.
  • PRECAUTIONS

  • 1. All operators of MEWPs must be trained in their use.
  • 2. Operators should only operate the types of MEWPs for which they have been trained.
  • 3. Always check that the machine is stable before use.
  • 4. Use outriggers or stabilisers, where necessary.
  • 5. Except for scissor lifts, users should wear safety harness clipped to the correct anchorage point on the machine.
  • 6. Ensure that the ground conditions are suitable for the type of machine in use.
  • 7. Do not load the machine beyond its safe working load.
  • 8. If your work involves removing equipment or materials from a structure, don’t forget to allow for the extra weight.
  • 9. When manoeuvring in confined area or where members of the public are at risk, always use a signaller.
  • 10. Be prepared to stop work and return to ground level if the wind speed or weather conditions deteriorate to an unacceptable level.

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