Working at height naturally presents some dangerous challenges and hazards, so minimising any safety risks should be of utmost importance. At Height 4 Hire, our aim is always to provide our customers with safe, high-quality equipment so that any job or task in high or hard to reach places can be undertaken with minimal risk to workers. In return, we have some expectations regarding the safe operation of our machinery by our customers. We have devised the below safety information to
remind our valued customers (and their employees) of some of their obligations when hiring and using Elevated Work Platforms (EWP).
– Different types of EWPs require different competencies, training and /or qualifications.
– An employer or principal who instructs someone to operate an EWP, must ensure that the operator is adequately trained by a competent person and can demonstrate their competency before using any equipment.
– Employers or principals are responsible for ensuring operators are familiar with each type and model of the EWP that they use through demonstration of the machines functions and safety devices by a trained operator/trainer – who has adequate knowledge of that particular machine.
– An EWP operator must be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills needed to do effective hazard and risk assessment in their operating location.
– Only a competent person (with machine and training experience) should deliver any on-the-job training; operators must be supervised until they are assessed as being competent.
– For scissor type EWPs and boom-type EWPs with a boom length less than 11 meters (whilst not mandatory), one way of demonstrating competency is through completing industry training that allows for a Statement of Attainment to be issued. e.g. Elevated Work Platform Association (EWPA) Yellow Card.
– For all boom-type EWPs, where the boom length is 11 metres or more, the operator must hold a High-Risk Work Licence (WP Class).
Height 4 Hire can deliver or facilitate training for customers for (EWPA) Yellow Card and High- Risk Work License (WP Class) by contacting the office.
– Safety harnesses must be worn by everyone on the platform of a boom-type EWP and be secured to the anchor point.
– Where there is a risk of a free fall, a fall-arrest harness designed for attachment to a lanyard assembly, including a personal energy absorber, must be worn by everyone on the EWP.
Safely Taking You to New Heights
Established in 2010, we have become well known in the access hire industry for providing reliable, safe, and well maintained equipment. To further ensure safety, we strongly recommend all operators wear appropriate PPE, including a hard hat, high-visibility clothing, non-slip footwear, and any additional gear required for the specific task. PPE helps protect against falling objects, slips, trips, and other hazards. We regularly inspect, service, and repair all of our equipment to the highest standard to ensure proper functioning and safe operation, and our knowledgeable team is here to help you select the right machinery to optimise safety and efficiency around your worksite.