The Hidden Dangers: Increasing the Safety of MEWPs in Your Workplace02 Oct 2014, by MEWP Training News in
All plant operation machinery regardless of the workplace can be seriously dangerous. No matter whether you are in an industrial setting or a simple warehouse setting, training for all vehicles and operators is needed. MEWPs are no exception. These simple pieces of machinery can actually be deceptively dangerous if not handled correctly by trained operators. Here, we will talk about the hidden dangers of MEWPs. We will also talk about the simple things you can do to make your workplace safer when MEWPs are in use.
How are MEWPs so Dangerous?
A lot of things can happen unexpectedly when a MEWP is in use. One of the most common things is entrapment of the operator. Most often, this happens between the machinery and some fixed structure near them. Sometimes entrapment can occur on top to the controls and rendered an operator helpless to stop the machine. While working, operators can also fall from the basket. The vehicle can also overturn if not operated properly. Lastly, collisions with other people, other structures overhead, or even other vehicles in the area can also happen.
What Sort of Training is Needed
Operator training courses about in what to do in an emergency.
Licensure or certification of new operators.
Safety in everyday operation courses.
Training to get operators used to the controls on their MEWPs.
Help in renewal of licenses or certification cards for operators.
Training MEWP operators in any new area in which they do not have certification or experience.
Specific make/model training for the MEWP vehicle that they operate on a regular basis.
Other Recommended Precautions
Training is a great place to start to make your work environment safer when MEWPs are in operation. There are also other precautions you can (and should) implement. This includes regular inspections, repairs, and upgrades for all the vehicles in use. Always check ground conditions as well as weather in an area before using a MEWP. Train operators about how to do this. Keep pedestrians and other vehicles separated from MEWPs by roping off the area. Check to make sure your MEWP can handle the load you need to move with it. Be sure to also check outriggers and for any nearby objects before operating a MEWP.