Loading and unloading of elevated work platform
Elevated work platforms are typically transported between workplaces on a truck body, trailer or low loader, requiring a person to either load or unload an elevated work platform utilizing access ramps or other means.
Factors to be considered when loading/unloading a elevated work platform:
- Position of vehicle, trailer or low loader to elevated work platform.
- Load capability of ramps for mass weight of plant.
- Location of recently backfilled trenches.
Hazards and risks
Hazards associated with the loading and unloading of an elevated work platform from a truck, trailer or low loader, would include but not be limited to:
- Unanticipated movement of elevated work platform during loading/unloading operations potentially exposes persons to risk of death or serious injury and damage to plant should the elevated work platform roll off ramps;
- Environmental factors e.g. gradient of surface, overhead services, etc are potential hazards that may result in death or injury to multiple persons, damage to plant and property;
- Operation of elevated work platform on public roadway without controls may result in death or injury to multiple persons, damage to property.
Safety procedure includes
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.
- Loading and unloading of an elevated work platform from a truck, trailer or low loader.
- Contact with overhead electrical parts.
- Towing and retrieval of an elevated work platform.
- Movement of an EWP on a road, street, carriageway.
- Vibration caused by operation of EWP.
- Personal protective equipment.
- Training requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for loading and unloading of an elevated work platform.