Health & Safety
Using any machinery can be dangerous, but using machinery at height has added dangers and so, unsurprisingly, there are a lot of considerations to keep in mind when hiring/using our equipment.
Pre-use checks of your machine are part of our responsibility to ensure our equipment remains in good and safe working order. Every machine undergoes a pre-delivery inspection before being released for hire, if any machine where to fail the inspection we would supply an alternate machine and the affected machine will not go on hire until it has been repaired and has passed a repeat inspection. If no suitable replacement is available we will refund any amounts already paid.
Every machine is subject to a planned maintenance programme, Powered Access Lifts each undergoes a ‘thorough examination’ every six months legally known as the ‘LOLER’ certification.
Health and Safety – Working at height
The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you.
Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning.
Employers and those in control must first assess the risks.
Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with. See download links below.
The hirer, the user and on construction sites the main contractor are all responsible for ensuring the appropriate equipment is used and operated correctly, and that users have adequate training and are equipped to comply with current Health & Safety legislation.
Good planning along with suitable training of both operators and supervisors prevents accidents, ensures efficiency and enhances productivity. Whether you are an employer, employee or self-employed, the regulations apply to everyone.
You are responsible for the machine whilst on-hire, and that includes overnight and weekends/holidays. Make sure the machine and the site it is stored on is secure, vandalism and attempted theft can result in serious damage and lead to accidents and avoidable costs for your company.
Planning, Organisation & Supervision
All working at height must be adequately supervised. Make sure to consider all risks in advance and carefully choose the right equipment for the job. The supervisor should check that the job has been properly discussed with the operators and adjoining works to ensure that everyone is aware of the risks and what is / is not required.
To avoid accidents always complete a full risk assessment, a method statement and emergency rescue plan.
Selecting The Right Machine
To help you consider all the factors pertaining to the correct (and SAFE) selection of machine for your proposed task, please see our ‘Considerations For Choosing Correctly’ document.
Make sure that a full risk assessment is carried out before any work takes place, remembering to include items such as the ground conditions, wind speed, operator safety and machine maintenance. Protect yourself, your workforce and site visitors by barricading the work area and ensure that loads are not suspended under the platform. Maintain safe distances when working near power lines; at least 15m plus boom length from lines mounted on a steel tower and 9m plus boom length from those mounted on poles.
MEWPs can differ significantly in terms of how they are operated and of course weight, height, width, length. Those intending to use MEWPs with characteristics which differ from those they trained on should as a minimum ensure they are familiarised sufficiently to safely to cover the differences.
Training not only improves safety but can increase productivity, enhance awareness and save money. Whilst formal training is not a legal requirement, we always strongly recommend any user has undergone suitable training in both Working at Height / related dangers as well as suitable training for the machine being hired.
It is a legal requirement for you to plan for emergency and rescue situations when anyone is working at height. Quickly rescuing someone who has become trapped can make a significant difference to the injuries sustained.
Whilst a MEWP is in use and a trapping risk exists, it is highly recommended that always someone else is at ground level who is able to take action in the event of an emergency.
A suitable rescue plan must be developed to ensure that emergency recovery can be carried out safely and quickly in the event of an operator, or anyone else, becoming trapped between the platform and an adjacent object. MEWP operators, supervisors and others involved should briefed on and practiced in the emergency procedures in the event that someone becomes trapped.
The emergency descent controls and systems are often specific to individual machines. The location of the machine operator’s manual needs to be identified in the emergency plan so that those people who are authorised to operate the ground and emergency controls can refer to it, if necessary, in the event of an emergency.
Other Safety Measures
We are always pleased to assist our customers with any information and help they may need. As part of our commitment to safety (and quality of service) our Lift hire rates INCLUDE Full Safety Harness, Hard Hat, Bollards and/or Rails.
Below are a number of links to further detailed information on the safe use of this equipment and your responsibilities. We STRONGLY recommend you make use of these valuable assets:
- H & S MEWP’s Guidance on Safe Operation Procedures
- WORKING AT HEIGHT – A Brief Guide
- WORKING AT HEIGHT – The Law
- MEWP’s What You Need To Do