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Making you and your MEWPs ready for the cold

Are you and your MEWPs winter ready?

We have put together a quick informative checklist to help you ensure you remain safe in these winter months - as well as save you a potentially costly call-out.


Seven helpful tips to get you through the winter safely.


  1. Keep machine batteries warm
    One of the most common causes of call-outs in winter is the machine not charging. This could be due to many things, but in winter, the likelihood of the culprit being a cold battery is high on the list. If you move the machine to an area which is above 6 degrees Celsius, you should be able to start charging again.
  2. Stay wrapped up warm
    This one might seem obvious, but working at height in winter carries additional risks, such as hypothermia. Did you know that working an additional 100m in the air reduces temperatures by 1 degree in dry air? It might not seem a lot, but it adds up, especially if it's even slightly windy. Not only this, but keeping warm means you can operate the machine functions safely. You can see more about that here.
  3. Watch out for icy / slippery areas
    With the cold comes ice, and uneven situations that would be safe in the dry runs the risk of immediately becoming a hazard. MEWP gradeability should be paid extra attention in these months, and if you suspect the machine might slip, please use dry levelling plates to prevent this.
  4. Clear the ground of snow and ice
    Clearing the ground of snow and ice is a must. Not only does it prevent slipping, but it also enables you to see what obstacles might be hidden beneath. Remember, if you are travelling at height and hit a small pot-hole, the movement of the basket will be extremely exaggerated, and you run the risk of being catapulted outside of it.
  5. Always check the ground quality
    The ground quality is the thing that makes or breaks a worksite, and it shouldn't be ignored. Even a day's worth of rain can cause machines to tip over, sometimes with deadly results.
  6. Increase site visibility
    Shorter hours sometimes bring dimly lit working conditions which can increase risks, both to the MEWP operator and those on-site. Ensure that the site is well lit before operating machinery. 
  7. Have plenty of breaks
    This is important, especially in the winter months, as it helps you reduce fatigue and cut down on mistakes. The cold weather increases the calories used by a worker, and as a result, you tire more quickly.

That’s it! Seven tips to help you get through the winter safely. If you need formal training to ensure the safest worksite, we offer suitable courses through UTN.

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