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Elevating work platforms are complex pieces of machinery which are often used in hazardous conditions. Using these safely – managing slopes, wind, power lines, and other factors – is important to reduce the likelihood of injury.
Safe use of elevating work platforms
We have produced guidance for those who use elevating work platforms.
Safe use of elevating work platforms in the horticulture industry provides examples of safe work practices to help orchard owners and contractors meet their health and safety obligations when using elevating work platforms.
While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.
Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.
Workers who use mobile elevating work platforms are at particular risk of serious accidents involving power lines. Working near overhead electric power lines focuses on managing the risk posed by electrical wires.