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Safe Work Australia has developed guidance for managing the risks of elevating work platforms (EWPs). 

Known hazards and risks associated with using an EWP include:

  • structural failure, overturning, or collapse of the machine 
  • contact or collision of the EWP with people,  plant and structures leading to crush injuries and entrapment
  • inadequate ventilation in the area the EWP is used 
  • restricted working space, and 
  • falling objects and falls from heights.

Incidents relating to EWPs have resulted in death and serious injury, with at least 9 fatalities and 355 workers’ compensation claims during the period 2015-2019.

The guide steps persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) through the process of identifying the hazards associated with EWPs in their workplace and how to do all that is reasonably practicable to manage the risks to health and safety. 

Download the guide to Managing the risks of elevating work platforms from our website.

The guide supplements other information available from Safe Work Australia to assist PCBUs to meet WHS duties and obligations.  It should be read in conjunction with the following:

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