Although not mandatory, many work sites require any person working from an EWP to have undergone relevant height safety training.
Every State in Australia has in place an Health and Safety Act, which aims to protect the health, safety and welfare of people at work.
Each State/Territory’s Health and Safety Act clearly states that there is a duty of care to ensure workplace safety. Employers (PCBU’s) must provide information, instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure the health and safety of workers whilst at work.
What this means that there needs to be some form of proof that the operator has been trained in the safe use of an elevating work platform (EWP). Verbal instruction is not an effective method of training as it lacks proof of training evidence. The EWPA Yellow Card Trained Operator Licence provides adequate evidence of training and helps Employers and Workers to comply with the Health and Safety Acts.
No. HRW licence class WP is for Boom type EWPs with a boom length 11m or more. Scissor and vertical type lifts do not have a ‘boom’, so they are not covered by this licence class. The EWPA Yellow Card is the recognised training for Scissor and Vertical type lifts.
The EWPA suggests that safety harnesses are not required on scissor lifts unless a hazard assessment shows there is a risk of falling.
EWP manufacturers are not required to fit certified harness attachment points on scissor lifts, as per the Australian Standard AS/NZS1418.10.
This is a clear indication that provided the EWP is used and maintained as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, there is no requirement for a harness to be worn. The platform guard and hand rails are the primary source of fall protection for operators.
Weight restrictions are based on the type of attachment fitted to the telehandler:
• Fork tynes, buckets and other fixed attachments have no weight restrictions imposed;
• Crane jibs, hooks, or booms which lift freely suspended loads are restricted to a lifting capacity of 3 tonnes or less.
If you intend on using an attachment to lift a freely suspended load over 3 tonnes, you require a High Risk Work licence class CN or above (ie C2, C6, C1 or C0) Refer to the ‘Telehandler Licencing Requirements’ sheet which can be found in the DOWNLOADS tab.
If the Vehicle Loading Crane (such as Hiab and Palfinger brands) has a lifting capacity under 10 metre tonnes, duty of care training is sufficient. If the lifting capacity is equal to or more than 10 metre tonnes, a High Risk Work licence class CV is required.
Metre Tonnes can be calculated by multiplying the lifting capacity with the specified reach.
ie: The VLC can lift 1.3 tonnes at a distance of 7 metres: 1.3t x 7m = 9.1 metre tonnes
HRW licences for Mobile Cranes enable the licence holder to operate any class of crane preceding it.
ie: C2 holders can operate crane classes CV, CN and C2.
Until further notice in NSW, CN, C2, C6, C1 or C0 is an appropriate licence type for boom type Reach Stackers.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.