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    The dangers of mobile platforms


    There may be times when the use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are needed on construction sites or for other engineering work, and there are a number of risks associated with the use of these mobile platforms. Here are some of the most common dangers:

    • Overturning
    • Falling from height
    • Collision with other vehicles, pedestrians or overhead cables
    • Entrapment

    As with any machinery, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and those operating MEWPs to reduce the risk of accidents occurring.

    Reducing the risk of accident

    Using mobile elevating work platforms on a firm, level surface is a good idea to avoid the risk of overturning or tipping, and you should try to avoid ground with trenches or manhole covers, wherever possible. It’s also vital to use the right type of platform for the job in question, and ensure that those operating it have received proper training and are aware of the dangers involved. By fitting effective guard rails and toe boards, and using a harness, you can reduce the risk of falling from height. Barriers can also be used around the platform to prevent tools or objects from falling and hitting those below. It’s important to make sure that mobile platforms aren’t used close to overhead cables or other dangerous machinery, and they should be checked visually on a daily basis, with regular servicing taking place to make sure they are in good working order.

    Claiming for compensation

    If you’ve been injured by falling from a mobile elevating platform or suffered another type of injury due to somebody else’s negligence, you could claim for compensation.

    You’ll need the advice of a personal injury lawyer, and here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have a whole team of personal injury compensation specialists waiting to help you with your claim. We’re open 24/7, so just call our freephone number on 0800 689 0500 to receive confidential, no-obligation advice. And if you decide to proceed with your claim, our 100% no win, no fee service ensures you don’t have to pay a penny upfront.

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    It’s important to work with a lawyer you can trust, and we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Lexcel, the Law Society’s practice management standard, so you know we’ll provide you with the very best service. Whether you’re looking for advice on the claims process, want to see whether you could be eligible to claim or have decided to go ahead with your claim for compensation, call us today and see what we can do to help you.

    Date Published: December 22, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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