Did you know that elevating work platforms, or EWPs, need to be inspected at least annually?
Safe Work Australia has published new guidance for inspecting and maintaining EWPs.
Elevating work platforms are high risk equipment that have caused 9 worker fatalities in the past 5 years (2015-2019). An inspection, maintenance and testing program is crucial to assess their safe operation.
There are different types of EWPs, including:
- scissor lifts
- self-propelled boom lifts
- trailer or vehicle mounted lifts, and
- telehandlers with elevating work platform attachment.
Employers are responsible for keeping workers safe and this includes ensuring that plant equipment is inspected and maintained. Employers must also ensure that workers are given the necessary information, training, instruction and supervision to use EWPs safely.
Source: SafeWork Australia