Month: October 2017

Which WH&S licence do you need to operate EWPs, forklifts, cranes and hoists in Queensland?

If you’re interested in pursuing a career operating lifting and shifting machinery in Queensland it’s important to know which Work Health and Safety Licences you’ll need to complete to be certified for the specific tasks you’ll be required to perform. To help you differentiate between these, we’ve highlighted the main categories and the licences required below:

Boom type elevated work platform

If you’re interested in operating a boom type elevated work platform you’ll need a WP high risk work licence. This enables you to be able to use either a hinged, articulated or telescoping singularly or in combination to lift equipment, materials or safety certified personnel.

Forklift truck

There are two different certifications available if you’re interested in a career operating forklifts. To be able to use a general forklift to lift goods and materials, which doesn’t have an order picking attachment, you’ll require a LF high risk work licence.

If you prefer to operate an order picking forklift over a standard forklift for lifting and shifting goods and materials a LO high risk work licence is the certification you’ll need to complete.

Concrete placing boom

To operate a concrete placing boom you’ll require a PB high risk work licence. This certification enables you to undertake slewing or luffing to pump concrete to a specific destination from a pipeline which is either attached to, or is part of, a plant boom.

Personnel and materials hoist

To be able to hoist personal, goods and materials with a personnel and materials hoist, the certification which you’ll be required to have is a HP high risk work licence.

Materials hoist with cantilever platform

If you’re planning on operating a materials hoist with a cantilever platform to hoist materials or goods, you’ll need to complete a HM high risk work licence.

Bridge and gantry crane

A bridge and gantry crane licence, otherwise known as a CB high risk work licence, will allow you to be able to operate bridge and gantry cranes which are controlled from either a control station, cabin or remotely operated.

Slewing mobile cranes and other cranes

There are a wide range of WH&S licences required to operate cranes for lifting or shifting goods, materials and machinery. The different crane licences are as follows:

Slewing Mobile:
20 tonne lifting capacity (C2 high risk work licence)
60 tonne lifting capacity (C6 high risk work licence)
100 tonne lifting capacity (C1 high risk work licence)
Over 100 tonne lifting capacity (C0 high risk work licence)

Derrick Cranes:
CD high risk work licence

Portal Boom Cranes:
CP high risk work licence

Non slewing mobile cranes:
CN high risk work licence

Tower cranes:
CT high risk work license

Self-erecting tower cranes:
CS high risk work licence

Vehicle loading cranes:
CV high risk work licence

For further information on becoming certified to operate an elevated work platform (EWP) or forklift in Queensland contact Elevated Training today.

What are the four main emergency lowering procedures for elevated working platforms?

Safety is an integral factor if you’re planning on operating elevated working platforms as a future career path. To ensure you remain safe, even in the event of the main power supply failing when operating a platform, it’s crucial for you to be aware of the four main emergency lowering procedures. The lowering procedure you choose is dependent on the type of lowering system that’s been fitted to your elevated working platform, which ranges from an auxiliary power motor or an emergency lowering cable to a hand pump or a bleed down valve. Before you attempt to lower a platform if a power failure emergency arises, the first step is to check and make sure the lowering path has no obstructions. Once you’ve cleared away any obstructions you can then safely follow one of the four emergency lowering procedures listed below:

Procedure 1: Emergency lowering procedure using an auxiliary power motor

An auxiliary power unit (APU) is generally fitted to either the scissor or boom elevated working platform. The electric motor receives power from the machines battery, which is connected to a hydraulic pump. If the main power supply fails, the controls of the APU motor can be switched on at the base of the platform to start the hydraulic pump delivering hydraulic pressure to the platform for lowering.

Procedure 2: Emergency lowering procedure using an emergency lowering cable

If a scissor elevated working platform isn’t fitted with an APU, it will have an emergency lowering cable. The cable can be found at the base of the platform. When pulled during an emergency, the cable activates a manual lowering valve which lowers the platform to the base.

Procedure 3: Emergency lowering procedure using a bleed down valve

A bleed down valve can be fitted to all types of different elevated working platforms. It’s operated by pushing the plunger which can be found on the cylinder.

Procedure 4: Emergency lowering procedure using a hand pump

This manual lowering system can be fitted to either a scissor or boom elevated working platform and is found at the base. By pulling the hand pump you can manually lower the platform safely.

To find out more about emergency lowering procedures read the Elevated Work Platform Association of Australia’s guide.

If you’d like to receive training and certification enabling you to pursue a career operating elevated work platforms contact Elevated Training today.