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Elevating Work Platforms (EWP)

Just a quick post regarding EWPs, particularly scissor lifts.  It is a requirement for all persons in the basket to wear a correctly adjusted harness with a lanyard attached to an approved anchor point for boom type EWP.  This is not required for a scissor lift.

A risk assessement should be conducted having regard to the characteristics of the machine, the site and the work to be performed to determine whether a harness and lanyard may be required for persons in the basket of a scissor lift.  If the risk posed by some identified hazard is reduced or eliminated by using a harness and lanyard then these should be required.

Some organisations are implementing ‘blanket’ requirements for the use of harnesses and lanyards without proper identification of hazards and assessment of the risks involved in the use of scissor lifts.  There are circumstances where it is safer not to be tethered to the basket of these machines.  Using such blanket requirements under these circumstances may place operators at greater risk.

As always the risk assessment determines and documents the safest means of completing the task.

Working at Heights

Probably the number one source of confusion in regard to height safety revolves around just what is deemed to be working at heights.  There are a number of metric measures bandied about, and they are all wrong.  Whenever it is possible to fall from one level to another the work should be considered working at heights.

Once you classify work in this way, and it is deemed to encompass working at height, a  mandatory hierarchy of control must be applied.

While we generally think about the potential for a person to fall, consideration should also be given to falling objects such as tools and equipment, which pose a risk of injury to others working on a lower level.