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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.


Unleash your earning capacity with an EWP+11m course

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If you work in the construction industry, you know that there are potential safety hazards everywhere, especially if you lack the knowledge required to effectively operate machinery.

Have you ever considered boosting your earning capacity with an additional qualification? Elevated Training can help you with our extensive three-day training course. Our practical training is delivered with a hands-on approach.

This training is a legal requirement for anyone needing to operate an Elevated Work Platform 11 meters and over in their work environment. This often includes employment in the resources and infrastructure industries.

There are also those who may find that this qualification can boost their career, for example, labourers, electricians, roofers, sheet metal workers, arborists, building and civil construction workers, and in some cases, even painters, sign makers, solar installers and window cleaners.

This is an extremely valuable qualification and the training we can offer you is comprehensive and affordable, with our newly acquired EWP+11m machine.

So, what can you expect to learn in this course?

We will cover topics such as legislation, types and uses of EWPs, Job safety & risk analysis, inspection and pre-operational checks, safety harness, safety/warning decal interpretation, set up and operation of EWP, emergency procedures and the shutdown of EWP.

Once completing this course, you will receive a statement of attainment, and this achievement will allow you to apply for a national license to perform high risk work (class WP).

To be eligible for this course you must be over 18 years, have a solid comprehension of English and understand technical concepts.

Join us for a 3-day course in operating any elevated work platform over 11 meters from just $495*.

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New machinery to further improve worksite training

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Elevated Training provides various forklift training, high risk licensing and more for workers to gain the appropriate skills and accreditation to work on job sites.

Through our live training site, we teach you how to operate machinery in a personalised and practical setting.

This allows you to gain hands-on experience and log training hours using our equipment so you are not only qualified with the appropriate ticket, but also fully prepared for your desired job.

Elevated Training is expanding due to high demand and, as a result, has recently acquired two new machines for the live training site.

One of the newest machines is EWP+11m.

EWP stands for Elevated Working Platform – a device used to support a platform on which workers, equipment and/or materials are elevated to perform work.

EWP licences are commonly obtained by workers who are looking for employment in the resources and infrastructure Industries.

They are also essential or advantageous for many other roles including labourer, electrician, roofer, sheetmetal worker, arborist, boilermaker, boom drive, and of course, building and civil construction workers.

EWP licences can even prove useful when you’re seeking work as a painter, sign or solar installer, or a window cleaner.

It goes without saying that an EWP ticket is an extremely valuable certification to have when you’re seeking employment, and the training is easy and affordable.

Our EWP+11m course teaches you the skills and knowledge required to prepare to operate the platform, conduct work from the platform as well as carry out operator maintenance and the likes.

Our practical sessions on the live site help you become familiar with real-life situations in order to gain the competencies and best preparation possible for safe operation during your new line of work.

To operate any elevated work platform over 11 metres, join us for a three-day course from just $495*.

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