Elevated work platforms

Elevating Work Platform ( EWP ) Operation Safety Guide

As more and more Elevating Working Platforms ( EWP ) are being used in factories and construction sites, these new access work equipment has brought great convenience and increased productivity. However, new safety concerns have also developed. According to our observation and analysis of the range of Elevating Work platforms on site, measures should be in place to prevent the possibility of platform tip-over, surface scratches and electric shocks.  Steps in the daily use of machine include checking prior to operation, monitoring during operation and service & maintenance after use.  Please refer to the following steps for operation:

  1. The following labels should be affixed to the Elevating Working Platform: Rated Load, Max. Platform Height, One or Two Personnel, Manufacture’s Name, Serial Number and Date of Manufacture.
  2.  All operators of Up-Lift elevating work platform are expected to participate in the training covering Prevention of Fall and Using an Aerial Work Platform (AWP ).  Ensure that the operator is authorized to perform the machine.
  3. After delivery, the platform should be checked by the site safety engineer. Only machines with ‘Permit to Use’ plate on are allowed to be used.
  4. Operators of the Elevating Work Platform ( EWP ) must follow the operating procedures and guidelines.
  5. Operators of the Elevating Work Platform ( EWP ) must check the machine before use on a daily basis, and fill out the log book as required.
  6. The standard Elevating Work Platform ( EWP ) should be operating on a flat and firm surface.
  7. All outriggers must be inserted properly in position.
  8. Operators of the Elevating Work Platform (EWP) must follow local safety regulations and wear full-body safety harness if this is required for the type of machine.
  9. Operators must not leave the platform while machine is in the raised position.
  10. Elevating Work Platform operating area must be properly fenced offs and unauthorized persons should not be allowed near.
  11. Supervisor’s responsibilities: ensure sign label is well maintain and displayed; to prohibit unauthorized personnel entering into the operating area; to prevent other machinery equipment touching elevated work platform or its outriggers; observing Aerial Work Platform working condition, maintaining contact with operator on the platform, reminding operator with correct operating procedure, avoiding work platform bumping into building, power lines, material or any other equipment.
  12. Self-propelled elevated work platforms must not be used as material handling machines.
  13. Do not climb onto the cage rail, or standing on the mid-rail to gain extra height.
  14. Elevated height must not exceed the maximum platform height.
  15. Do not operate the work platform near an overhead power line.
  16. Do not exceed the maximum rated load.
  17. Make sure platform is fully lowered before moving.
  18. Platform can only be moved on low speed.
  19. All tools, materials and equipments should be securely attached onto the platform, to prevent potential injury to personnel both on and below the platform.