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SUPPORTING THE FACILITIES AND ESTATES MANAGEMENT SECTOR

THE FLEXIBLE SOLUTION FOR FACILITIES AND ESTATES MAINTENANCE TASKS

Falling from height is one of the most common causes of workplace injuries and deaths within the facilities management sector.

In many cases, working at height is a just 'one off', or incidental to the main job to be done. This means that individuals do not often recognise the risks and so do not take the precautions they need to, to work safely. 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.

A MEWP can provide a stable platform to work from when completing a wide range of maintenance tasks and are more efficient and safer to use than towers. The ability to go up and over obstacles to reach the work area are another benefit of using a MEWP over alternatives.

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. 

RISK ASSESSMENT

Before starting any maintenance task at height, 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