MEWP stands for mobile elevating work platform. This is a type of platform that can be moved from one area to another with ease, ensuring work at height can be done in more than one location without a lot of hassle moving a stationary platform from one area to another. A variety of machines come under this heading, including scissor lifts and cherry pickers.
While MEWP accidents are very uncommon, there can be the potential for them to occur if they are used without the proper health and safety procedures being in place. For example they should be checked regularly for safety to determine whether any maintenance is required.
If so this should be done to completion before the platform can be used again. If a platform is not maintained regularly, or an inspection highlights a problem that isn’t fixed before someone else uses the platform, this could raise the odds of MEWP accidents taking place.
What might happen in an accident involving one of these platforms?
As you might imagine, while these platforms can be moved, they should not move when they are in use. If this happens they might end up toppling over or sending the person on the platform falling to the floor. A fall from height can be potentially very dangerous indeed, and cause an individual to have many injuries.
Some of the team working at Accident Advice Helpline have heard stories first-hand from people who have been injured in MEWP accidents. These platforms have an essential role to play in several industries. However there are cases where people have been injured through inappropriate use of the platforms, or perhaps through insufficient health and safety procedures.
How severe can injuries be that are caused in these accidents?
It can depend on how the accident takes place and how many people are involved. In theory someone walking past one of these platforms could be injured if it toppled over onto them. As such it may not simply be the operator who receives injuries.
The most important thing is to recognise that Accident Advice Helpline is here to provide no-obligation advice if you should ever need it in this situation.
Make sure you have the chance to make a no win, no fee claim to seek compensation if you have been injured in a similar accident in the last three years. Call: 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen