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Steps to Sustainability: Top Environmentally-Friendly Tips To Consider When Hiring a Powered Access Platform

In an era where sustainability is at the forefront of agendas, it’s crucial to consider eco-friendly alternatives in every aspect of our lives, including powered access equipment, such as cherry pickers

MEWPs play a vital role in various industries and projects, from facilities management and construction to maintenance and beyond. Therefore all industries need to consider access-platform-sustainability where noise levels, energy usage and emissions, for example, are part of powered access hire decision-making.

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The Most Dangerous Activities at Work That You Should Avoid at All Costs

Workplaces have become safer environments for employees versus past generations. Improvements provided through technology, rising safety standards and increased awareness of and commitment to safety protocols and laws has led to an overall reduction in accidents since the 1980s (according to HSE data).

Whilst it is positive to see lower rates of injuries and accidents at work, dangerous mistakes are still being made by employees and businesses. To help provide guidance and raise awareness, Horizon Platforms has called on their many years of experience and put together the below advice on mistakes to avoid.

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The Most Dangerous Industries Going Into 2024

Following health and safety protocol within the workplace is paramount to protecting your employees from any risk. Different industries require different measures to be put in place to ensure worker safety and some industries naturally have higher risk than others.

Do higher risk industries experience more injury in the workplace?

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Accidents That Can Occur if MEWP Operators Aren’t Properly Trained

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.”

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What MEWP Training is Required to Work on a Construction Site Safely?

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. 

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