Workplace Health and Safety Queensland recently issued a safety alert after a worker sustained multiple fractures and internal injuries after he fell approximately six metres from the platform of a truck mounted elevating work platform while trimming tree branches.
An elevating work platform (EWP) is a device used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials can be elevated to perform work.
Types of EWP include self-propelled scissor lifts, self-propelled boom-type, truck-mounted, and trailer-mounted. EWPs specifically designed to lift people can be used to access a tree.
The alert said risks from EWPs are caused by:
There are a number of possible control measures to prevent similar incidents, according to the alert, which said employers and self-employed people must control the risks associated with EWPs including the risk of falls when tree trimming.
Managing the risks of operating an EWP often requires a combination of controls, and these can include but are not limited to the following examples:
The alert also said to develop a safe system of work for EWP and tree trimming work. This could include, but is not limited to the following:
If after implementing the above control measures, a risk still remains, the alert said to consider the following controls in the order below to minimise the remaining risk, so far as is reasonably practicable: