Monthly Archive: February 2014

Be Aware of the Dangers of MEWPs

Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) is a mechanical device used to provide temporary access for people or equipment to inaccessible areas, usually at height. There are distinct types of mechanized access platforms and the individual types may also be known as a “cherry picker” or a “scissor lift”. All MEWPs have the potential for accidents. In particular, most fatal and...

Protect Your Apprentices from Injury and Death

Definitions of young people and children by age: A young person is anyone under 18 A child is anyone who has not yet reached the official minimum school leaving age. Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, an employer has a responsibility to ensure that young apprentices employed by them are not exposed to risk due to:...

Fire Emergency Procedures and Means of Escape

Fire safety legislation requires the establishment of procedures for serious and imminent danger and the provision and maintenance of suitable means of escape. Employers must ensure staff are aware of the fire evacuation procedures, including location of fire exits and assembly points. Carry out fire drills and exercises. Those who may require additional support and assistance when evacuating should be...

Using Ladders at Work

In order to use ladders safely at work and comply with the current legislation a fairly straightforward process has to be followed. 1. Identify the tasks that you or your employees need to carry out at height. Remember work at height means work in any place from which a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. That...