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Safe work method statement - Elevated work platform - Accessing areas

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Accessing a work area from an EWP

Elevated work platforms are commonly used to access working platforms, aerial towers, buildings facades and other areas at a height to undertake construction or maintenance works.

  • The nature of work/s to be undertaken and associated hazards shall determine the method by which persons shall access a working platform from an elevated work platform.
  • Elevated work platforms are an effective and safe means of providing employees with access to work platforms, towers, etc.

Hazards and risks

Hazards associated with gaining access to a work area from the bucket of an elevated work platform would include but not be limited to:

  • Damage to elevated work platform where persons have not been instructed as to the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise risk;
  • Persons are at risk of death where the elevated work platform has contact with overhead electrical services;
  • Persons are at risk of falls from heights where controls are not employed to ensure safe access to a work area;
  • Death or serious injury to persons where an elevated work platform fails due to ground subsidence not identified in a pre-start check;
  • Etc.

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EWP - Access work area safe work method statement

Elevated work platform - Access work area safe work method statement is a 15 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of accessing a work area from the basket of an elevated work platform.
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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Identification and location of overhead and underground services.
  • Working with faulty and defective plant.
  • Positioning an EWP to gain access to a work area or platform.
  • Accessing a work area or platform from the bucket of an EWP.
  • Contact with overhead electrical parts.
  • Vibration caused by operation of EWP.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Training requirements.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for accessing a work area from an EWP.

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