According to its website WorkSafe is introducing a new safety initiative to raise awareness of the dangers associated with overhead structures when operating elevating work platforms (EWPs). This new initiative aims to increase operator awareness of the risks from overhead structures when operating EWPs with a short safety animation that can be accessed by scanning a QR code sticker located on the equipment.
WorkSafe is encouraging businesses that own their own EWPs to order and place the QR sticker on their equipment to help increase their employees' awareness of the risk of striking overhead structures and power lines when they operate the EWP. For this to work employees should have smart phones.
Whilst this is a worthwhile initiative, it remains to be seen how many businesses will actually take up the offer of contacting WorkSafe to order the stickers.
WorkSafe should consider sending these stickers to all EWP hiring companies such as Kennards and Coates Hire.
Finally this new approach does not replace the need for proper training in the operation of EWPs and the requirement for high risk work licence for use of a boom-type elevating work platform where the length of the boom is 11 metres or more.