What must be checked on all MEWPs before use?

Safety when working at height is of paramount importance, which is why it is essential that checks are done on MEWPs by the operators before using them.

The International Powered Access Federation has a 41 Point MEWP Pre-operation Inspection for this reason.

The inspection of powered access platforms should become a daily habit on the worksite. The International Powered Access Federation has published a free checklist which can be downloaded.

When hiring or buying the powered access equipment it is on the renter/buyer to ensure the health and safety of the operators and the worksite and therefore is their responsibility, so it is essential that you cover the points on the checklist to ensure health and safety is complied to and that you get the most out of the equipment, saving time and costs.

IPAF MEWP Pre-use inspection checklist
Image credit to: IPAF.ORG

The 41 point inspection Checklist from the IPAF Covers;

Visual Checks

Fuel and Hydraulic fluid – Have the platform on a level surface, the oil tank should be full and the machine should have enough fuel to complete its work.

Maintenance – Visually check over the machine to ensure no loose fittings, rust, electricals faults or any other signs of damage which can effect its work.

Functional Checks

Controls – Test the platform controls BEFORE any people are raised off of the ground, be sure to also check any cut off switch’s to ensure they are all working in the event of an emergency.

Stability – Check all stabiliser legs and any extendable parts of the machine are operational before use. As with any powered access platform a MEWP’s brakes must be fully functional. The base of the machine needs to be locked into position before any working from height commences.

rise platforms blog

Contact us today to discuss your working from height requirements to ensure you get the right machines for you. We will even perform a free site inspection to ensure the safe and reliable operation of our machines.

You can download the IPAF’s guide below.