MEWP Training Manchester
If you’re going to send your worker up in the air on a mobile platform to do a job you need to make sure you’re elevating them with the right equipment, and safety, planning, and training is of the utmost importance, as well.
Types of MEWPs
There are several basic kinds of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms, and many variations. Training has to be different for each MEWP, because each may demand a different discipline and need instruction for different safety precautions.
Scissor Lifts move vertically by using linked, folded supports in a criss-cross pattern. Pressure on the lowest supports stretch the pattern and propel the platform into the air.
Scissor Lifts work great in crowded and tight spots, and can lift up to 10 to 17m. They are usually propelled by a 4×4 drive and have outriggers for leveling and providing stability. They are perfect for busy offices, retail stores, hotels, and industrial sites. Battery-powered fume-free scissor lifts are the safest lifts for indoor use.
Multiple workers can usually work on a scissor lifts with large platform sizes.
View more information on our MEWP Scissor training here.
Self-propelled booms are, as they are names, propelled under their own power, but for safety and cost it might be better that they are transported to a site by another vehicle.
Booms can be divided into three kinds; straight stick, articulated, and mast booms.
Straight stick booms can lift a worker 10m-38m, and have good outreach capabilities. Articulated booms can have a worker labouring between 12m-47m, and are good for flying over obstacles. Mass booms lift to about 10m, are narrow, and perfect for hard to reach spots.
View more information on our MEWP Boom Training here.
Mast Climbers consist of a mast and a platform that can climb up and down the mast. They are good for working on building façades, when doing masonry, waterproofing, exterior finishing, and metal framing.
Before a mast climber can be assembled it must meet ground and subsurface safety conditions and be certified by an engineer in most countries.
Learn more about Pro Trainers Mast Climber training here.
A hoist can move objects in a vertical direction, and are most commonly used to leverage materials up or down. They can be attached to a crane or boom equipment.
Most countries demand labourers working on any boom wear proper protective equipment, above the basic equipment that must be worn around all power equipment. Equipment specific to boom operators include a body harness attached to the lift by a lanyard to prevent the worker from being pulled from the boom, and proper restraint systems to keep workers from falling from the equipment.
Boom operators must also complete training and be in most countries and localities.
Learn more about our Hoist training in Manchester here.
Understanding MEWP Training
Deadly accidents have occurred when MEWPs have overturned, and when equipment was not used properly. Appropriate MEWPs must be chosen for the appropriate jobs, and the use of the machine must be properly planned and managed for maximum safety and efficiency.
Fatal accidents can occur in MEWPs when
- Operators are trapped between part of the basket and a fixed structure.
- The machine overturns and throws the operator from the basket
- An operator falls from the basket
- The boom collided with pedestrians, overhead cables, and other vehicles
An effective risk assessment plan can set up control measures to keep these kind of fatal accidents from happening.
A good risk assessment plan may include:
- Risk Planning
- Job Managing
- Task Supervising
- Practicing Rescue Operations
Training should always cover:
- Operator Safety
Working knowledge of the machine and its usage
- Ground Safety
Levelling and avoiding ground hazards
- Load Bearing Capacities
Knowing the weight capacity of the machine being used
- Heights and Reach
Knowing the height and reach limits of the machine being used
- Looking for Surrounding Hazards
Avoiding power lines, trees, and other hazards that may endanger a boom operation.
- Fuels and Fuelling
How to safely fuel a vehicle.
- Wearable Protective Equipment
Proper protective wear, such as harnesses and tethers
A well-equipped MEWP can be a labor and money saver on a jobsite, and safely operated MEWP can be a life saver, as well. It is always best when working with power equipment to only used properly trained and certified operators, to have the job preplanned and approved by experts, and to always have proper supervision on the job site.
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