When it comes to working at height, safety is paramount. Ensuring the well-being of operators and those around them requires a combination of reliable access equipment, training, processes, and a collaborative approach. One crucial aspect that often takes centre stage in discussions about MEWP safety is the concept of anti-entrapment.
When it comes to operating MEWPs, ensuring operators are fully trained and competent is paramount to carry out work-from-height tasks safely. Operating a MEWP without proper training and licensing can be extremely dangerous. Without a thorough understanding of correct MEWP safety precautions, you, or others, could fall prey to several potentially life-threatening MEWP accidents. HSE states “The most significant MEWP dangers arise from operation and use of the machine…The law says that these hazards must be properly controlled.”
The highest number of fatalities in the workplace are caused by falling from a height. With the majority of fatalities being in construction and many sites requiring people to work at height, following HSE guidance is paramount. Although using a MEWP (Mobile Elevated Work Platforms) will form part of health and safety (H&S) site rules and is one of the safest ways to work at height, the risk of injury or worse is always there, even for the most experienced operator.
Operating a cherry picker requires a strong commitment to safety, precision and skill. To ensure the smooth and safe operation of your MEWP, it’s essential to have a well-structured checklist in place.
In this blog, we’ll break down the key sections of an effective cherry picker checklist, covering everything from hiring MEWPs and access platforms training to safety protocols, pre-operation checks and more to ensure you have a safe and successful experience.
Did you know falls from height are one of the highest causes of fatal injury in the UK? HSE statistics show that 40 falls from height fatalities out of a total of 135 fatalities, equaling 29.6% of all UK work-related fatalities.