Changes in the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) have led to a surge in the use of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (otherwise known as a Cherry Picker, Scissor Lift, Boom Lift or a MEWP) in the workplace.
It is essential that the correct type of equipment is used to ensure that working at height can be carried out safely; detailed documentation should be supplied with the MEWP (also referred to as a cherry picker or scissor lift) and referred to for specific information. MEWPS have become an essential choice of equipment for short term work at height activities to maximise user safety.
Accidents involving MEWPs can have serious cost and programme implications for the site involved. Worst case scenarios may lead to serious injuries and even death. Operators should carry out daily pre-use inspection checklist and a weekly MEWP inspection to maximise MEWP safety.
The Good To Go Safety MEWP inspections checklist can be used on multiple applications, including cherry pickers, telescopic booms and scissor lifts – offering one simple solution to MEWP inspections.
The Good to Go Safety MEWP Inspecions checklist helps companies comply with PUWER, LOLER, WAHR, CDM, IPAF & HSE legislation and best practice. The highly visible tag can be positioned by the point of entry to remind operatives to carry out a pre-use MEWP inspections checklist and to advise of the findings of said MEWP inspection. The MEWP inspections checklist is used to carry out essential visual checks of the MEWP to help highlight any potential issues and to identify when it is good to go. This essential MEWP inspections checklist can be used in conjunction with the MEWP manufacturer’s manual.
IPAF recommends the MEWP should be inspected both before and after use to ensure it is safe, complete, working properly and clean. The guidelines and MEWP inspections checklist supplied by Good to Go Safety are a perfect supplement to the instructions and training already given to operatives. If a safety problem is identified, or any uncertainties are raised with the MEWP inspections checklist, the status display should be immediately updated to “DO NOT USE” whilst advice is sought from the site manager, supervisor or safety officer.