The elevated work platform (EWP) is used in factories and construction sites as it increases the operational productivity, product delivery, and convenience. Although this machine is a common device found in industrial sites, strict safety precautions still need to be practiced to prevent any untoward injuries on its users.
Here are the standard safety steps that every company and worker needs to follow in dealing with the EWP:
1. The following labels need to be affixed to the EWP:
- Rated Load
- Maximum Platform Height
- One or Two Personnel
- Manufacturer’s Name
- Serial Number
- Date of Manufacture.
2. All operators need to be trained in the Prevention of Fall and Using an Aerial Work Platform (AWP). The machine operator needs to be authorized to use the machine.
3. The site safety engineer must inspect the platform after delivery. Workers can only be allowed to use machines with the words ‘Permit to Use’ on the plate.
4. EWP operators must follow the operating procedures and guidelines at all times.
5. EWP operators must check the machine daily before use and fill out the logbook as required.
6. The standard EWP should be operated on a flat and firm surface.
7. All outriggers must be inserted properly in position.
8. EWP operators must follow local safety regulations and wear full-body safety harness if this is required for the type of machine.
9. Operators must never leave the platform while the machine is in the raised position.
10. The EWP operating area must be properly fenced off and unauthorized persons must not be allowed near it.
11. Self-propelled EWPs must not be used as material handling machines.
12. Climbing onto the cage rail or standing on the mid-rail to gain extra height is strictly prohibited.
13. Elevated height must not exceed the maximum platform height.
14, Do not operate the work platform near an overhead power line.
15. Do not exceed the maximum rated load.
16.Make sure that the platform is fully lowered before moving it.
17. The platform should only be moved at a low speed.
18. All tools, materials, and equipments need to be securely attached onto the platform to prevent potential injury to personnel both on and below the platform.
19. The EWP supervisor’s responsibilities include:
- ensuring the sign label is well maintained and displayed
- prohibiting unauthorized personnel from entering the operating area
- prevent other machinery equipment from touching the EWP or its outriggers
- inspecting the working condition of the AWP
- coordinating with the operator on the platform
- reminding operators of the correct operating procedures
- making sure the EWP will not interfere with buildings, power lines, and any other materials or equipment