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Working close to overhead structures should be regarded as a “higher risk” EWP operation.
If you are expected to carry out this sort of work, you should ensure that the following issues have been properly addressed, and that management has explained the steps taken to minimize trapping/crushing risks in a pre-start briefing.
If in doubt, ask!
A designated ground rescue person should be appointed who knows the rescue procedure
While the EWP operation is taking place at least one (and as many as is appropriate) designated ground rescue person should be appointed who knows the rescue procedure and has been familiarized with the EWP being used (including emergency rescue controls).
They should always be readily available in the event of an emergency.
Personnel on the ground, who are competent to lower the EWP in an emergency, should undergo familiarization with the emergency and ground controls and practice emergency lowering procedures at regular intervals in accordance with the emergency rescue plan.
Ground rescue person(s) procedure: if visibility and understanding of situation from the ground are good, ground staff should effect a rescue using the ground controls in the following order:
- auxiliary power at first which gives the slowest and most controlled maneuver of the boom until it is obvious that the basket/platform is clear of any obstructions at height.
- powered descent: once clear of obstructions, it is then recommended to switch to powered descent to maximize the speed of recovery.
All EWP's must be inspected by the operator before use to ensure that the EWP is safe & that there is no damage or defects. The inspection must always be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer's operation manual. It is important to ensure that the EWP is up to date with it's servicing requirements of 3 months or 90 Days.
All results of the inspection must be documented & recorded in the EWP's Logbook.
Operators must be qualified to operate the EWP that they are operating. Qualified operators have attended a recognized EWP operator training course, and have been deemed competent through a process of theory & pratical assesments.
In addition to basic EWP operator training, operators should be familiarized with the controls, characteristics, safety devices, decals and emergency rescue systems on the EWPs they are authorized to operate.
Before operating a particular make and model of EWP, the operator should be able to prove that they have received familiarization on that type of machine. If this cannot be demonstrated then the operator should undergo familiarization, or if they are authorized to do so by their employer, self-familiarize themselves using the manufacturers operation manual.
The EWPA Yellow card is valid for a period of 5 years
The EWPA Yellow card is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of training/assessment.
When the expiry date of a Yellow Card is approaching, the EWPA will notify the Yellow Card holder via email.
The EWPA will use the same email which was provided with the initial application.
Yellow Card holders who wish to renew their licence will be required to undergo an EWPA refresher training programme.
The purpose of this refresher training is to keep EWP operators ‘current’ in their operating knowledge and also to keep them updated with current regulatory and industry requirements.
Currently the refresher training programme is under development and due for release in 2017.
Unique Student Identifier (USI) requirements/Instructions
All students studying nationally recognised training in Australia from 1 January 2015 will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). This USI will need to be submitted to Registered Training Organisation providing the qualification. (Refer to the Student Identifiers Act 2014 www.comlaw.gov.au).
How to set up a USI
Step 1 Visit the USI website at: www.usi.gov.au
Step 2 Select the ‘Create a USI’ link and follow the steps.
Step 3 Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
Step 4 Follow the instructions to create a USI – it should only take a few minutes.Upon completion, the USI will be displayed on the screen. It will also be sent to your preferred method of contact.
Step 5 You should then write down the USI, keep it somewhere handy and safe and send it on to your Recognised Training Organisation.
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