Did you know that more than 30,000 serious accidents involve working at height each year in the European Union? That’s why it’s so important to be safe when working in this environment. Here, we will discuss guidelines you must follow when using a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP). We will also discuss the importance of training for operators of aerial work platforms. Stay safe and stay productive!
What is Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Training?
MEWP is a type of aerial work platform that helps workers to access hard-to-reach areas safely. MEWP training is a course that teaches workers how to operate and use these types of platforms safely.
The OSHA/ANSI A92.22 standard requires that all personnel who operate MEWPs be appropriately trained by the manufacturer’s instructions. The training must cover the MEWP’s general and specific operating and emergency procedures.
MEWP training is essential for the following reasons:
-To ensure the safety of the operator and others nearby
-To avoid damage to the equipment
-To minimize the risk of injury or death in the event of an accident
-To ensure compliance with OSHA/ANSI regulations
If you are responsible for operating a MEWP, you must receive proper training from the manufacturer before you can begin work. Once you have received the training, you should keep a copy of the certificate to show your employer or any other authorities if necessary.
What Are the MEWP Guidelines and Training Procedure?
1) Theoretical Equipment Familiarization
It involves learning about the aerial work platform, its controls, and how it works. The operator should understand the manufacturer’s manual and identify all the machine’s safety features. Operators must also know the hazards of using an aerial work platform.
2) Inspection of the Equipment
Before using any aerial work platform, a thorough inspection must be carried out. The operator should check that all safety features are in working order and that the machine is stable.
If any damage is found, the operator should report it to their supervisor and not use the machine until it has been repaired. The supervisor should also be informed of any defects that may affect the safety of the operator or those around them.
3) Tests for Equipment and Machine Functionality
It is essential for several reasons. First, it helps to ensure that the equipment is always in good working condition. Second, it allows operators to become familiar with the controls and functions of the equipment. Third, it helps identify potential equipment problems before they become serious safety hazards.
4) Assessment of Work-site
Before commencing work with MEWPs, it is essential to assess the work site to identify any potential risks thoroughly. It should include an evaluation of the following:
-The stability of the ground/surface on which the MEWP will be used
-The surrounding environment (e.g., overhead power lines)
-The weather conditions
5) Proper Shut-down Procedures
The OSHA/ANSI A92.22 standard requires that all MEWPs be shut down using the proper procedures. These procedures include:
– Turning off the power source
– Locking out the controls
– Removing the key
– Placing a “Do Not Operate” tag on the control panel
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