Redeveloped MEWP operator course puts safety first

AN updated training course on Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) has been launched to increase safety when working at height.

RTITB has introduced the amended course, which can be delivered at an RTITB-accredited training centre or by qualified in-house instructors by purchasing the ‘Instructor Guide for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms’. 

“For both safety and compliance, employers must ensure that operators undergo suitable and sufficient training for the machine type they are required to operate so we’ve redeveloped this course to cover a wide range of vehicle mounted, scissor, telescopic and articulated machines plus the Crown Wave range,” explained RTITB managing director Laura Nelson.

“Other MEWP courses cover multiple machines in a short space of time. Our courses are slightly longer but focus on ensuring the trainee gets sufficient time to practise using the work platform so that they leave the course proficient in the use of a MEWP and ready to go on to Specific and Familiarisation training with their employer.” 

The course includes an introduction to the machinery and its controls, machine stability, setting up the working area and working with site conditions. Environmental awareness, safe use of hydraulic systems, weight assessment, emergency actions and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are also covered.

“As MEWPs are commonly hired in for one-off tasks, pre-use inspections during the period of hire period are critical for safety, so the course covers this important area, plus how to prepare and secure the machine for transport,” Laura added. “MEWP operator training is needed for legal compliance, but also to ensure operators can keep themselves and their colleagues safe. This moral obligation will often supersede the legal demands for responsible employers.”

The new RTITB ‘Instructor Guide for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms’ is available from