What is EWP?
EWP, or Elevated Work Platform, is a mobile working platform that can lift contractors up and down to access high places as well as move equipment needed. EWPs are considered dangerous to work with as they are heavy mobile equipment that measures up to 11 meters or more. Operators who need to work using EWPs are required to have a license as evidence that they can work and control this type of heavy equipment.
Here is some of the important information one should learn more about EWP training:
- CLASSIFICATION OF ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS
It is a machine used to move construction personnel or equipment in a vertical direction. This is usually used for work that needs a ladder, a tower, or scaffolding.
Self-propelled Boom Lifts
It is used to work in high areas like buildings. Its purpose is to reach certain obstacles and provide easier access to high areas. It’s most commonly seen in the construction industry, but it’s also seen in window cleaning, CCTV installation, facility management, and electrical and cable repair.
Trailer or vehicle-mounted lifts
This is used for lighter jobs like the construction of small houses and low buildings. It can be easily connected to a car’s tow bar, which could work as a scaffold and ladder. It is also used for some outdoor tasks such as painting houses and caring for lampposts and trees.
- HOW TO SET UP AND OPERATE ELEVATED WORK PLATFORMS
Familiarize and understand the parts of the elevating platform you are using. This will become your guide and will help you know how and what necessary things are needed to operate the EWPs.
- HOW TO ESTIMATE LOADS
Be mindful and aware of any hazardous items you are working with. This will help you make sure that you are working in a safe manner.
- IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE THE RISKS DURING THE OPERATION
Be knowledgeable about your duties and obligations as an employee. You should carefully follow safety procedures at work in order to avoid danger during work. It is important to report any hazardous situation to your supervisor to prevent any further damage.