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The Power in Access

The power in access

SUPPORTING THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING SECTOR

A SOLID AND STABLE WORK PLATFORM

For electricians, working at height is often something that can not be avoided. However, it is possible to minimise potential risks when working at height by ensuring that you have the correct level of training and access equipment.

The safest way is the use of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) such as scissor, boom and vehicle-mounted machines which can help to prevent a fall from occurring when working at height.

The potential for electrocution when working at height can be prevented through proper planning, risk assessment and management of work at height, including thorough operator training and familiarization. GTAccess can help with specifying the correct access platform for the task and we offer free site surveys that will carefully consider site layout, access, egress, land use and terrain.

A powered access platform is one of the safest means for temporary work at height, provided that a risk assessment is done, managers and operators are properly trained and safe use procedures are followed.

 

MORE INFORMATION

IPAF Power Line Guidance

Electrocutions are one of the largest causes of fatalities in the use a MEWP. This guidance document will help operators stay safe when near to power lines/conductors.

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IPAF Power Line Safety Leaflet

Toolbox Talks - MEWP Rescue Plan

A Toolbox Talk on understanding a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) rescue plan.

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IPAF MEWP Rescue Plan Leaflet

 

RISK ASSESSMENT

Before any electrical work at height commences, it is important to assess the following:

 

  1. Is there adequate space available for the operation and/or machinery.
  2. Are the ground conditions and topography suitable/stable.
  3. Is there adequate safe working distances from overhead services.
  4. Is the site access available/unrestricted.
  5. Are the wind speed, exposure and weather conditions suitable for use.
  6. Are the operatives adequately trained and proficient to undertake the tasks required

 

RISK ASSESSMENT AND METHOD STATEMENT