STRENGTHENED SPOTTER AND GUARDING RULES FOR EWPs

It’s been reported WorkSafe Victoria has updated its ‘Industry Standard for the safe use of elevating work platforms’ (EWPs) with stricter rules for spotters and guarding.

The new edition emphasizes that spotters, who warn EWP operators of hazards and assist in rescues, must be trained and licensed for the type of EWP being used.

They also need to be trained in specific emergency procedures.

The previous edition used softer language, saying spotters ‘should be trained’ in emergency controls.

The update also includes the requirement for effective operator protective devices where there's a risk of crushing against a structure. This comes after recent EWP incidents, including fatal ones.

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