Elevating work platforms (EWPs) can be used to control the risks to workers posed by working at heights. However, while the introduction of mobile plant can reduce risk factors, it can also present new ones. Specifically, there is an increased risk of crush injury to workers operating from within an EWP work basket.
From 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019 SafeWork SA undertook a compliance program focused on EWPs following a series of fatal and serious incidents involving EWPs between 2014 and 2018.
SafeWork SA conducted 336 site visits and 261 compliance audits. These audits comprised of 234 EWP audits and 27 systems-only audits (for plant hirers).