SAFETY NOTICE: Using MEWPS in Cold Weather
As we approach the Autumn and Winter months, operators need to remain cautious and alert when using MEWPs onsite.
The safety of MEWP operations is significantly affected by weather. MEWP stability, manoeuvrability and visibility can be impacted by weather conditions like rain, snow, ice, or strong winds. Workers should be taught to assess the weather and delay operations if it is deemed too dangerous to continue.
Operating a MEWP during strong winds can be hazardous, therefore precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of operatives:
Use an anemometer to check wind speed before and during any time spent in the MEWP
Ensure that the MEWP is rated for outdoor use
A MEWP can typically only be used in winds up to 28 mph (12.5 m/s). Operatives should verify the rating prior to using the MEWP, which is located on the data plate and at the control position, as it can vary depending on the machine
Before installing any add-on device, contact the manufacturer to confirm the ongoing stability of the MEWP
As temperature start to decline in the UK, organisations should start preparing their sites for the extreme cold weather conditions such as snow and ice:
Ensure you have access to proper materials and accessories such as block heaters, battery blankets, hydraulic tank heaters and freeze plug heaters
Remember to allow your equipment to warm up properly at the beginning of the day
Prior to operations, inspect the surface of the ground and clear it from snow and ice. Be aware that this can change due to temperature during the day
Boots and jackets will count towards total capacity therefore remember that functions will be disabled if the load is above the load limit
For advice and guidance on operating MEWPS in cold weather, contact our team of experts today.