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Do not interfere with ties. A mast climbing work platform (MCWP) needs all of the ties for stability.
Don't overload the Platform. Always respect the load chart and follow the manufacturer’s guidance for its intended use.
Correct MEWP selection. Always use the right machine for the job.
Setting up on a slope? Outriggers and spreader pads must be on level and stable ground.
Caution with guardrails. Be careful not to trap your fingers when lowering or raising guardrails.
Danger keep well clear. Operate from the platform or stand clear to avoid injury.
Do not jump out of the platform. Always use the correct exit gate and step out using three points of contact.
Register pre-owned machines. Make sure you register with the manufacturer to get product updates.
Overhead obstructions. Always be aware and avoid crush hazards when moving the platform.
Keep clear of overhead cables. You do not need to touch the power cables to be electrocuted – electricity can arc!
Prevent unauthorised use. After use, always leave the machine in a safe and secure place and remove the key.
Don't use a MEWP as a crane! MEWPs are designed to elevate people, tools & equipment inside the work platform.
Never attach banners to scissor lifts. Always remember a banner can act like a sail.
Caution when loading and unloading. Always plan for a safe delivery.
Unsafe ground? Always check ground conditions.
Beware of falling objects. Organise a drop zone clear of the MEWP base.
Rescue plan? Always plan for a safe rescue.
Pre-use inspection! Make sure the machine is operating properly, before starting work.
IPAF’s ‘Back to Basics’ campaign identifies six recognised potential hazards with Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) that must be considered if accidents are to be prevented.