Working at Height Regulations

Working at Height RegulationsWorking at height falls are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

We have outlined the key subjects from the Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005 that will affect your business. Select a bullet point to view more information about each topics.

What is “working at height”?
A place is “at height” if a person could be injured from falling from it; unless the WAHR 2005 regulations are followed. The regulations apply even if it is at or below ground level.

’Working’ includes moving around the place of work (except by staircase). It does not apply to travelling between work.

Do the rules apply to you?
The regulations apply to all working at height where there is a risk of injury from a fall. These regulations place a duty of care on employers, self-employed, or anyone who controls the work of others; known as “dutyholders”.

What employers must do
Employers must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent anyone from falling when working at height. Where working at height cannot be avoided, they must use work equipment and other measures to prevent falls. Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) or access platforms, such as cherry pickers and scissor lifts, are work equipment that satisfy this regulation.

The importance of proper training for MEWP operators
The Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005 place a responsibility on duty holders to ensure that those involved in working at height are trained and competent. Our IPAF courses are recognised throughout the industry as meeting these responsibilities. To find out more about training courses from the Kimberly Rentals Group Ltd, call 01202 786 700.

Which Powered Access Machine Should You Hire?

Working straight up and down or do you need to go up and over an obstruction?
If you don’t need to reach up and over an obstruction, you can choose between scissor lifts or cherry pickers. Cherry pickers (booms) have the greater manoeuvrability at height through their ability to rotate the position of the arm as well as the angle of ascent. Cherry pickers are the only choice if you need to go up and over an obstruction.

Carrying heavy loads up to working height?
Jobs that required carrying loads to height, such as cladding, needs the extra working load capacity of a scissor lift. Cherry pickers typically have a safe working load (SWL) of 230kg.

Need to move around the platform when working at height?
Scissor lifts typically have much wider platforms to give that freedom to move around at height. Many models have deck extensions for extra reach. Some machines, like the GR3384, have double deck extensions on either side of the platform.

Working outdoors or inside? Working outdoors? Go for the extra power of a diesel powered machine, ideal for covering rough terrain. Most diesel powered machines come with rough terrain tyres as standard and many machines, such as the G45, have four wheel drive capability (4WD) capability. Working indoors? You need to hire an electric powered machine because of the lower emissions and noise levels. You should choose machines with the non-marking tyres to avoid accidental damage to floor coverings.

Extra points to consider when hiring a cherry picker
Cherry pickers have extra options to give even more manoeuvrability, such as articulated or straight booms. Articulated booms (such as Z45-25 or HR15) have the extra knuckle in the arm to give greater flexibility to move around. Straight or stick booms, typically extend quicker because there is only one arm to move but don’t have the positioning options of an articulated boom. Booms, such as the Z45J, or H16PX, have an articulated jib, with an adjustable arm between platform and boom, gives more flexibility.

What working height do you need to reach?
We have a range of scissor lifts covering working heights from 4m to 28m. Our fleet of cherry pickers have working heights up to 43m. Finally, if you are working at low level, up to 10m, then use our light access machines –perfect for fitting out.

What regular checks should I carry out on my powered access machines?

Complete the ten point check-list below on a daily basis when you are using powered access machines to ensure safe operation:

  1. Check that the safety and responsibilities manuals are fully completed are legible and are stored in the container on the MEWP.
  2. Check the whole MEWP for any structural cracks, dents or other damage.
  3. Ascertain that all critical parts of the structure are present and all pins and fasteners are in the correct place and are properly connected.
  4. Check battery fluids; hydraulic oils; engine oil and engine coolant to ensure that there are no leaks(diesel powered machines only).
  5. Ensure that hydraulic fluid levels are at the recommended levels.
  6. When working on machines with air filled tyres ensure that the tyre pressure is at the recommended PSI.
  7. When working with Scissor lifts ensure that side rails are installed and that bolts are fastened and the chassis trays are closed or latched.
  8. Ensure that all electrical parts are working and batteries are charged.
  9. Ensure that the emergency lowering system works.
  10. Check hydraulics; limit switches; alarms and horns; platform entry chain and gate; controls; pothole guards and platform extensions for any signs of damage.

Make sure to give the cherry picker or scissor lift an all round look over to check that compartment covers are in place and latched.