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MEWP HIRE Q&A - frequently asked MEWP hire questions answered

MEWP HIRE Q&A - Frequently Asked MEWP Hire Questions Answered

What does MEWP mean?

MEWP is an abbreviation for ‘Mobile Elevating Work Platform’. It is used to collectively describe a piece of equipment that elevates people to work at height. 

Examples of such equipment include cherry pickers, stick boom lifts, articulating boom lifts, scissor lifts, mast lifts, push around verticals (PAV), truck and track mounts. Our MEWP fleet delivers working heights ranging from 3.6m to 61m.

What are MEWPs used for?

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPS) are a piece of machinery used to provide temporary access to high, hard to reach and otherwise inaccessible areas. MEWPs are used predominately for completing work at height in the construction industry. However, they are also used within manufacturing, electronics in warehouses, arboriculture, film and television and mechanics for heavy goods vehicles. The platform is used to move people or equipment to working positions at height where they can carry out work from the platform. The intention of the device is for people to enter and exit the work platform only at access positions at ground level or on the chassis.

Do I need training to operate a MEWP?

It is important that operators are competent and have received the appropriate training for using a MEWP. Through our sister company, UTN Training, we offer IPAF courses from all of our 30 depot locations. IPAF training is designed to enable operators to safely and proficiently manoeuvre, drive and position the MEWP.

Familiarisation of the equipment in use is critical as a key factor in MEWP operator accidents is a lack of familiarisation about the machine. The operator’s manual should be supplied with all MEWP’s and available to operators. Operators should be familiar with the manufacturer’s guidance, the particular features and control functions of the specific model of MEWP being used and have knowledge of the operation of safety devices and emergency lowering procedures. Each machine can have different controls and emergency procedures so it is important to be familiar with the machine before each use. We offer familiarisation videos for operators to watch prior to using the machine, these videos are available for all machines in our fleet and can be viewed here.

Working at height is a high risk activity and a proper site specific risk assessment should be carried out prior to using the machine. Working on a gradient, wet or rough terrain will affect the choice of equipment, so we recommend that you discuss this with us before you hire.

Is there a legal requirement for MEWPs to be inspected?

Under UK law, MEWPs must receive a LOLER.  Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), must be thoroughly examined at least every six months by a competent person.

Our sister companies Rapid Platforms and AJ Access are equipped to carry out LOLER Inspections or ‘through inspections’.

How much is the average MEWP hire cost?

MEWPs are often hired out on a weekly hire rate, but we offer everything from one single day to long term hire. The cost of hiring a MEWP will depend on a number of different factors such as:

  • The height you need to work at
  • The fuel type of the machine
  • The type of machine you will require to gain access

To easily find out how much it will cost for you to hire the machine you require, view our machine range and calculate a price here.

How do I get the best price for MEWP hire?

We offer competitive equipment hire rates to our account holders. An account can be opened here.