Elevated Working Platforms: WHS Requirements in QLD

If your job requires working at heights, you’ll know how important it is to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Elevated work platforms (EWP) can be a fantastic solution for working at heights, but it’s crucial to understand the requirements and regulations involved. In this blog, we’ll discuss the WHS (Work Health and Safety) requirements for EWPs in Queensland.

Men Working On An Elevated Work Platform

What is an Elevated Work Platform?

An elevated work platform is a mobile device designed to elevate people and materials to perform tasks at heights. EWPs come in various forms including scissor lifts, cherry pickers and boom lifts. These machines have become incredibly popular in industries such as construction, mining and maintenance where working at heights is a common occurrence.

Why you might need to rent an EWP

Renting an EWP is a great option for those who require temporary use of the machine. Whether you need it for a day or a week, renting an EWP can save you the cost of buying, maintaining and storing equipment you may only need occasionally. Renting also ensures you have access to a well-maintained and up-to-date machine that meets all the necessary safety standards.

What requirements are there to rent an EWP?

In Queensland, the operation of EWPs is subject to strict regulations to ensure the safety of the operator and those around them. Before renting an EWP, you must hold a current EWP operator’s license or have a licensed operator on site. Additionally, the rental company must provide you with a copy of the machine’s manual, maintenance records and inspection certificates. It’s also essential to ensure the machine’s safety features such as harnesses and guardrails are in good working order.

What regulations are involved during use?

Once you have rented an EWP, it’s vital to ensure you comply with all the necessary regulations during use. Aside from the licensing requirements outlined above, it’s also important the machine is only used for its intended purpose and within its rated capacity.

Other WHS requirements include conducting pre-start checks to ensure the machine is in good working order and maintaining a safe working environment around the machine during operation at all times. This includes making sure there is adequate clearance around the machine and that the ground is level and stable.

Additional regulations apply, so all workers should research and be aware of the restrictions and guidelines associated with the use of EWPs.

Benefits of EWPs

Using an EWP can provide many benefits in terms of safety, efficiency and convenience. They provide a safe and stable platform for workers to perform tasks at height while reducing the risk of falls and accidents. EWPs can also significantly improve efficiency, allowing workers to complete tasks faster and with less physical strain. Finally, these machines are incredibly versatile and can be used in a range of applications—from construction and maintenance to film production and events.

Potential hazards

While these machines offer various benefits and significantly increased convenience for users, there are hazards associated with EWPs workers should remain aware and cautious of. These can include falls, slips, trips, falling objects and manual handling. These risks can be influenced by the height and size of the platform and the platforms condition and maintenance among other factors. To minimise danger, appropriate travel/physical restraints should be used and access to the EWP should be restricted. All platforms should also be constructed and designed to standard.

EWPs can provide a safe and efficient solution for working at heights. However, it’s crucial to understand the WHS requirements involved in renting and using these machines. Before renting an EWP, ensure you have a licensed operator or hold a current EWP operator’s license. During use, take necessary steps to comply with all regulations and maintain a safe working environment. By following these requirements, you can feel confident in the safety of everyone involved and reap the many benefits that EWPs can provide.

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