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Work equipment - safe system of work - mobile elevating work platform (MEWP)

A mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) provides safe access at height if operated correctly. Use our document to identify the safe procedures.

Safe access

Using equipment such as a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) is much safer than a ladder for work at height. However, there are significant risks if it’s not operated in a safe manner. For example, it can overturn, staff can fall from the platform or loads can drop on to those working below.

Safe operation

To prevent any of these potentially fatal consequences, you must keep a tight control on how such equipment is used and when. Do this by implementing our Work Equipment - Safe System of Work - Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP).


There are many types of equipment that fall under the MEWP banner so you need to identify exactly what you’re covering at the top of the document. Ideally, include a photo and details of the machine.

What to do

Next, you’ll find five “Key instructions”. We have referenced the training operators should have had to be deemed competent. We have also covered traffic routes and ground conditions which need to be checked before the machine is operated. The form ends with details of the personal protective equipment to be worn and a sign-off sheet.