Mobile Elevating Work Platform/Bucket Truck Safety Poster

Meet your MEWP (Mobile Elevating Work Platform)

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Mobile Elevating Work Platform/Bucket Truck Safety

Bucket trucks and Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) can provide a safe means to access work at heights provided that the equipment is properly inspected, maintained and operated by trained personnel.  Potential hazards include, but are not limited to high winds, overhead powerlines, uneven terrain, soft soils, dropped objects and working near traffic.

The following are some general guidelines to consider while using a MEWP (please refer to the MEWPs manufacturer’s literature for specific guidance in regards to the operation, training, maintenance and use thereof):

  • Only properly trained and authorized personnel shall operate the lift equipment.
  • Operators shall be familiarized with the specific piece of equipment in use.
  • Read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions for all equipment prior to use. The operator’s manual shall be readily available in a location known by the operator. 
  • Do not exceed reach and load limitations of the equipment.
  • Use the correct equipment for the application (i.e., all terrain vs scissor lift).
  • A pre-start inspection shall be conducted at the beginning of each shift/day by the operator and frequent/annual inspection by a qualified person.
  • Each person wears Personal Fall Protection equipment, as required, and proper anchor points as designated by the manufacturer are utilized.
  • A rescue plan is required. 
  • The equipment guardrail system is properly installed and positioned, and access gate(s) or chain(s) are closed while in use.
  • Operate the equipment safely to avoid the risk of ejection or roll over.
  • Set up required traffic control if necessary.
  • A MEWP shall not be operated if it has excessive boom drift or hydraulic leaks.
  • Always stand with feet firmly on the floor or bucket of the lift equipment.
  • Maintain Minimum Approach Distance (MAD) clearance from the nearest energized overhead lines.
  • If equipped, set outriggers on pads or extend axels on a level solid surface. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to properly level the machine. Do not set up on unstable ground or drop offs. Perform a proof test to ensure outriggers are stable and maintain machine level.
  • Additional materials and lanyards outside of the MEWP can create safety concerns such as additional basket loading, increase wind loading and dangling lanyards can catch on other objects.

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ANSI/SAAIA A92.2-2-21 (Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Devices)

ANSI/SAIA A92.22-2021 (The Scaffold & Access Industry Association – Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs))

ANSI/SAIA A92.24-2018 (Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of MEWPs)

OSHA Fact Sheet -Aerial Lifts

NATE Dropped Object Prevention Guide

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