HSE alert over cherry picker safetyBeat The Cowboy Builder
The HSE has issued an alert over cherry picker safety following an investigation into seven deaths where operators were crushed.
The alert advises hirers and owners that simple covers over operator controls are not sufficient precaution against crushing when working below fixed structures like steelwork and roofing.
In five of the accidents to be placed under scrutiny the operator was crushed between an overhead obstruction and a cover or shroud fitted over the controls of the machine.
They died either from crush injuries or asphyxiation, often after falling onto controls and being pinned between an overhead obstruction leading to a cherry picker safety review.
HSE officials have concluded that secondary anti-crush bars or pressure sensing devices should be fitted to MEWPS when there is a risk the operator could be crushed by an uncontrolled operation.
Skanska was the first UK contractor to ban use of cherrypickers without anit-crush bars on its sites back in 2012.
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