Elevated Work Platforms – Pre Use Checks

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Elevated Work Platforms – Pre Use Checks

01/10/2012

An employer in WA was recently fined $12,000 after two employees fell from an elevated work platform (EWP).

The investigation by WorkSafe found; safety harnesses were not worn or supplied, the stabiliser legs lacked the “spread plates”, the controls were faulty and a safety switch was taped down. These defects would have been detected if the proper pre-start checks were conducted to ensure the EWP was safe for use.

The court was also told the employer had absolutely no regard for the safety of his employees, as a follow up inspection by WorkSafe six months after the accident found the replacement EWP had a safety interlock switch held down with a cable tie.

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