Mobile work platforms are sometimes called MEWPs. This is a shortened name given to mobile elevating work platforms. This means they can be raised to a certain height to make it easier to perform a certain job.
Think of a cherry picker for example, where someone can climb into it from a low height and then raise it using the controls to reach the top of a tree, higher shelves or even a raised level in building construction tasks.
Whatever these platforms are used for, it is rare to come across news of mobile work platform injuries. Before people use these platforms they must be trained to use them so they know exactly how they work and how they can be operated.
They should also know how to cope with any potential problems and how to stay safe when using them. All health and safety rules should also be followed to the letter when using these platforms.
How useful are these mobile platforms?
If we didn’t have these platforms there would be numerous jobs that would be much harder to do and much more dangerous too. With a properly-guarded and operated platform in use, an individual can reach the high point they need to gain access to.
They can also raise the platform to the exact level they require, making many jobs at height much easier than they may otherwise have been.
Of course there is the issue of safety too. These platforms are far safer than the alternative may be, which could be a wobbly ladder or working in a way that is otherwise unsafe.
Health and safety rules stipulate the safest way to do a job should be worked out beforehand. Quite often working at height can be much safer through using one of these platforms.
Exploring the idea of compensation
It is unfortunate that there could potentially be the chance of someone suffering mobile work platform injuries. These could potentially be caused through a lack of training or experience in operating the platform. They might also potentially occur if the platform has not been properly maintained.
These injuries can be severe if a person falls from a height. If this has happened to you within the last three years you should see whether a compensation claim might be a possibility. Call Accident Advice Helpline now on 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen