Working with Mobile Elevated Work Platforms 

Mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) are a type of elevated work platform which is mounted on a mobile vehicle.

MEWPs are normally used in construction, maintenance, and other industries to allow workers to reach heights that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to access. 

MEWPs offer several advantages over other types of elevated work platforms, such as scissor lifts and boom lifts. MEWPs are more versatile and can be used to reach a wider range of heights. MEWPs are also more mobile and can be easily moved around a work site. However, MEWPs pose health and safety risks.  

Health and safety risks associated with using MEWPs  

  • Falls: Falls from MEWPs are the leading cause of serious injury or death. Falls can occur if the MEWP is not properly positioned or secured, if the worker is not wearing proper safety gear, or if the worker loses their balance. 
  • Overturns: MEWPs can overturn if they are not properly balanced or if they are operated on uneven or unstable ground. Overturns can cause serious injury or death to the workers in the MEWP and to people and objects below. 
  • Electrocution: MEWPs can encounter overhead power lines, which can electrocute the workers in the MEWP. Electrocution can cause serious injury or death. 
  • Collisions: MEWPs can collide with other objects, such as buildings, trees, or other MEWPs. Collisions can cause serious injury or death to the workers in the MEWP and to people and objects in the area. 


Control measures for using MEWPs 

  • Suitable training: Workers should be properly trained in the safe operation of MEWPs before they are allowed to use them. Training should cover topics such as MEWP selection, inspection, setup, operation, and maintenance. 
  • Robust risk assessment: Before using a MEWP, a risk assessment should be conducted to identify and address any potential hazards. The risk assessment should consider factors such as the work environment, the type of MEWP being used, and the tasks being performed. 
  • Correct use of PPE: Workers should wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when using MEWPs. This includes hard hats, safety glasses, harnesses, and fall arrest lanyards. 
  • Proper setup and operation: MEWPs should be properly set up and operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. This includes positioning the MEWP on level and stable ground, securing the MEWP in place, and using the MEWP’s safety features. 
  • Periodic maintenance: MEWPs should be regularly maintained to ensure that they are in safe operating condition. Maintenance should include inspecting the MEWP for damage, testing the MEWP’s safety features, and replacing any worn or damaged parts. 
  • Use a spotter: A spotter is a person who is trained to watch the MEWP and the worker in the MEWP for hazards. The spotter can warn the worker of hazards and help the worker to avoid accidents. 
  • Utilise a wind speed indicator: MEWPs should not be operated in high winds. A wind speed indicator can be used to measure the wind speed and ensure that it is safe to operate the MEWP. 
  • Designate a ground guide: A ground guide is a person who is trained to guide the MEWP driver around the work site. The ground guide can help the driver to avoid obstacles and to safely position the MEWP. 


By implementing the control measures listed above, workers can reduce their risk of exposure to these hazards and the serious injury or death that they can cause. 

The iProtectU health and safety software provides: 

  • An inspection and Audit App which allows for safety inspection of the workplace and associated report 
  • eLearning on a wide range of EHS topics, many covering work equipment 
  • Scheduling functionality for managers to send eLearning, risk assessments and documents out to all staff via the software with tracks completion and compliance 
  • Risk assessment templates covering the use of work equipment 
  • Management system to document control the policy on using work equipment safely 
  • Method Statement module for the creation of working instructions 
  • Legal register that provides legislation guidance on using work equipment safely 
  • Incident investigation module that tracks incidents involving MEWPs both with an app and via desktop 
  • Hazard observation app where staff can report and record any concerns regarding MEWP use to the organisation 
  • Asset management App ensuring assets are recorded in the software 




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