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Managing & Supervising EWPs On Site:

Are You In Control?

Site supervisor & managers are responsible for ensuring the safe use of elevated work platforms (EWPs) on site.

A scissor lift is delivered to a warehouse for the task of changing some light bulbs from the ceiling.

The operator gets up there and finds that the maximum height of the machine will not let him reach the target spot. The operator wants to get the job done and climbs on the guardrails. There is an accident and he falls. Operator error? Maybe, but who got the machine there in the first place?

Ultimately, managers are responsible for ensuring the safe use of elevated work platforms (EWPs) on site.

Managers & supervisors carry an awful lot of responsibility for a lot of things: administrative tasks, time keeping, making sure that certain behaviors are correct or that incorrect behaviors are corrected promptly. These supervisors are your company’s representatives at the jobsite. What are you going to do to ensure they’re really representing you?

Do you know what your legal obligations are?
Have you selected the right machine for the job at hand? 
Who is operating MEWPs on your site and have they been trained and familiarised?
Have you considered the potential hazards and taken preventive measures?

Safety can only be assured when:
• The correct equipment is selected for the task to be performed
• The equipment is maintained and serviced as recommended by the manufacturer
• The equipment is operated by a trained and familiarized person
• Work is monitored and supervised for compliance to regulations and industry standards

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Operator  Familiarization
Those who intend to use any machine with characteristics of weight, height, width, length or complexity which differ significantly to the training they have received should ensure that they receive a familiarisation to cover the differences.

It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that all operators using equipment are adequately trained and familiarised to comply with current health and safety legislation.

Machine specific familiarisation should follow on from basic training and cover:

  • Manufacturer's instructions and warnings
  • Features of the specific model
  • Control functions
  • Safety devices
  • Emergency lowering procedures

All of the above are to be found in the information supplied with the machine.

Training is the instruction necessary to enable a trainee to become a qualified person in the task to be performed, including the recognition of potential hazards.

Familiarization is the information regarding the control functions and safety devices on a specific elevated work platform to be operated by a qualified person (trained operator).


An operator must be TRAINED and ensure that they have FAMILIARIZED themselves with the equipment before they can operate an Elevated Work Platform.

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