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Elevating work platforms

Elevating work platforms (EWPs) are often used on construction sites, in warehouses and where mobile access to height is needed.

We have developed a minimum standard of training expected for workers who operate EWPs in accordance with the person conducting a business or undertaking's (PCBU) primary duty of care under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

The minimum standard consists of specific criteria that must be addressed to satisfy the five elements listed in the checklist.

Any worker operating an EWP should be able to demonstrate knowledge of all the criteria.

The supporting information sheet provides additional information on:

  • PCBU duties
  • worker duties
  • training
  • familiarisation training
  • supervision.

The minimum standard should be read in conjunction with SafeWork SA's information sheet Elevating Work Platforms (PDF 193kb).

Watch these animations highlighting potential overhead crush and electrocution hazards when using EWPs, thanks to WorkSafe Victoria.

Overhead crush and electrocution hazards when using boom lifts Overhead crush and electrocution hazards when using scissor lifts