MEWP hazards

- Mar 11, 2019-

Most fatal and serious injuries involving MEWPs arise from:


Entrapment: operator trapped between part of the basket and a fixed structure, eg when manoeuvring in confined overhead areas of steelwork. Operators may become trapped against the platform controls, and if this happens they may not be able to stop the machine running.


Overturning: the machine may overturn throwing the operator from the basket;


Falling: an operator may fall from the basket during work activities; 


Collision: the vehicle may collide with pedestrians, overhead cables or nearby vehicles.


These hazards should be identified within a risk assessment and suitable control measures put in place.