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Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP’s) C53


Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 243272)

MEWP’s make up a specific group of specialized machines that enable people to work at heights. It is used to move persons to working positions where they are carrying out work from the work platform, with the intention that persons are getting on and off the work platform only at access positions at ground level or on the chassis. It consists at a minimum of a work platform with controls, an extending structure and a chassis.

Operators who are not adequately trained in MEWP operations are at great risk of injury or death. Training is a vital issue and DMR 18(11) prohibits the operation of MEWP’s by untrained persons.

This course will assist the learner operator in becoming a fully qualified MEWP operator who has the knowledge, skills and experience to operate a Mobile Elevated Work Platform in a safe and professional manner. This will allow certified operator by adding value to any organization.

Mobile Elevating Work Platform will include but are not limited to Cherry Picker, Scissor Lift, Boom Lift, Access Platform, Man Lift, Personnel Lift, Aerial Work Platform.

Successful candidates credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Identify applications to decide on the appropriate Mobile Elevating Work Platform to be used.
  • Assess risks in the work environment to prevent and eliminate safety hazards.
  • Conduct pre-operation inspection of Mobile Elevating Work Platform.
  • Make use of safe operating procedures and practices for a Mobile Elevating Work Platform.
  • Place people, tools and equipment correctly and safely on Mobile Elevating Work Platform.
  • Conduct shut-down procedures and stow Mobile Elevating Work Platform safely


  • Novice: 5 Days
  • Refresher: 1 day



Quality Assured Partner: Transport Education And Training Authority



Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP’s) Learning Outcomes

The person credited with this course is able to safely operate and use a Mobile Elevating Work Platform. The learner will be able to assess his/her work environment so as to establish any safety hazards in order to prevent or eliminate such hazards and resultant losses, to conduct pre-inspection tests and to operate the Mobile Elevating Work Platform in safe conditions. The area of focus of this programme will be;

.Programme Introduction

Unit Standard Information

Legislative Requirements

  • General Duties Of Employers To Their Employees
  • General Duties Of Employers And Self-Employees Persons To Persons Other Than Their Employees
  • Duties To Inform
  • General Duties Of Employees At Work

General Safety Regulations 2

  • Personal Safety Equipment And Facilities
  • Intoxication
  • Admittance Of Persons

General Safety Regulations 8

  • Stacking Of Articles

Driven Machinery Regulations 18

  • Lifting Machines, Hand-Powered Lifting Devices And Lifting Tackle

Construction Regulations

  • Construction Vehicles And Mobile Plant

General Safety Regulations

National Code Of Practice

  • Programme Break-Down And Duration
  • Learners Without Prior Training Or Experience
  • Operators With Previous Certification (Re-Certification)

Managerial Responsibilities

MEWP Types

Crane Code C53

MEWP Category

  • Scissors MEWP’s
  • Boom MEWP’s
  • Vehicle Mounts

Selecting The Most Appropriate MEWP For The Job

Workplace Analysis

  • Required Elevation
  • Required Horizontal Outreach
  • Required Capacity
  • Suitable Support And Driving Condition
  • Hazardous Atmospheric Conditions
  • Work Related Inside
  • Access To The Work Area
  • Other Factors To Consider

MEWP Hazards And Risks

  • Transport And Delivery To Site
  • Storage/Charging Area
  • Positioning Before And During Work

Handling Material

Hazards During Use

Assessment Of Ground Conditions

Ground Assessments

Site Categories

  • Greenfield Sites
  • Beaches
  • Filled Construction Sites (Brownfield Sites)
  • Paved Area (Roads, Pavements, Paths & Car Parks)
  • Town Centre Sites

Ground Condition Hazards

  • Uncompact Fill
  • Proximity To Excavations
  • Floors, Cellars And Basements
  • Paved Area
  • Underground Utilities/Services
  • Weather Conditions
  • Outrigger Foundations


  • Thorough Examination
  • Operator Training And Certification
  • Familiarization
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Emergency And Rescue Procedure

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Hard Hats

  • Impact Hazards
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Ensure Proper Fit
  • Accessories And Modifications
  • Inspection And Maintenance

Safety Glasses

  • Chemical Hazards
  • Inspection And Maintenance


  • Abrasion Hazards
  • Cut Hazards
  • Glove Material Applications

Protective Footwear

  • Impact Hazards
  • Puncture Hazards
  • General (PPE) Safety

Activities requiring fall Protection Equipment

  • Types Of Fall Protection Equipment
  • Work Restraint Systems

Working Near Water

Scissors Lift Operational Safety

Boom Lift MEWP Operational Safety

  • Electrocution Hazards
  • Tip-Over Hazards
  • Fall Hazards
  • Bodily Injury Hazards
  • Collision Hazards
  • Explosion And Fire Hazards
  • Damaged Machine Hazards

Battery Safety

  • Burn Hazards
  • Explosion Hazards
  • Electrocution Hazards
  • Component Damage Hazards

General MEWP Hazards, Typical Causes And Control Measures

  • Travelling To And From Work Area
  • Accessing The Work Area And Working At Height

MEWP Emergency Procedures

Incapacitated Operator

  • Rescue Procedure
  • Lowering The Platform
  • Ground Control Key

Common Rescue Problems

  • 10 ways to reduce the risk

Fine Control

Hazardous Materials

Material Safety Data Sheets (Documentation)

  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Sections Of The MSDS’s And Their Significance

Labelling: Dangerous Goods & Substances

  • Toxic And/Or Corrosive (Combustible) Substances
  • Radioactive Material (Low To High Level Radiation
  • Flammable Liquids (Polar/Water-Miscible) Potential Hazards
  • Flammable Solids-Toxic And/Corrosive Potential Hazards
  • Substances-Spontaneously Combustible-Toxic (Air-Reactive) Potential Hazards
  • Substances-Water-Reactive (Emitting Flammable And Toxic Gasses
  • Oxidizers (Unstable) Potential Hazards
  • Organic Peroxides (Heat And Contamination Sensitive/Temperature Controlled Potential Hazards
  • Substances-Toxic (Non-Combustible) Potential Hazards
  • Infectious Substances Potential Hazards
  • Mixed Load/Unidentified Cargo Potential Hazards
  • Gases-Inert Potential Hazards
  • Gases-Flammable-Corrosive Potential Hazards
  • Gases-Oxidizing (Including Refrigerated Liquids) Potential Hazards

Care And Maintenance Of Your Fire Extinguishers

  • Fire Extinguisher Inspection
  • Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
  • How A Fire Extinguisher Works
  • Types Of Fire Extinguishers
  • How Fire Works
  • Basic Fire-Fighting Tips
  • How To Fight A Fire Safely
  • Never Fight A Fire When
  • What To Do When Your Clothes Catch Fire

Risk Assessment Template (MEWP)

Identify The Hazards

Evaluate The Risk

Define, Document And Implement Control Measures

  • Define And Document The Control Measures
  • Implement The Plan

Review And Update As Necessary

Data & Capacity Plates

Load Charts

MEWP Technical Information

MEWP Control Panels

  • Example: Genie Ground Control Panel
  • Example: Genie Platform Control Panel

MEWP Gauges, Switches And Controls

  • Engine Oil Pressure Gauge
  • Engine Water Temperature Gauge
  • Clogged Hydraulic Return Filter Gauge
  • Clogged Air Filter Gauge
  • Alternator Charge Gauge
  • Park Brake
  • Hour Meter
  • Fuel Level Gauge
  • Sound Alarm Switch
  • Ignition
  • Hooter
  • Forward/Reverse Lever
  • Hydraulic Control

Hydrostatic Transmissions

Telescopic System

Tyre Types

  • Solid Tyres
  • Pneumatic Tyres

People and tools on the MEWP’s

MEWP Transportation

  • Securing To Truck Or Trailer For Transit
  • Free-Wheel Configuration For Winching

MEWP Daily Inspection

Personal Protective Equipment

Engine Oil Level

Cooling Liquid Level

Fan Belt

Fuel Level

Transmission Fluid Level

Tyres-Condition, Pressure And Torque

Brake System

Fuel System

Electrical Circuit

  • Battery Maintenance
  • Changing Batteries

The Telescopic Boom, Forks & Attachments

  • The Boom
  • Jib Pads

Hydraulic System

General External Check

MEWP Operational Checks

At The Ground Controls

  • Test Emergency Stop
  • Test The Machine Function
  • Test The Tilt Sensor
  • Test Auxiliary Controls

At The Platform Controls

  • Test Emergency Stop
  • Test Horn
  • Test The Foot Switch
  • Test Machine Function
  • Test The Steering
  • Test Drive And Braking
  • Test The Drive Enable System
  • Test Limited Drive Speed
  • Test The Oscillate Axle
  • Test Auxiliary Controls
  • Test The Lift/Drive Select Function

Operator’s Pre-Start Checks

  • Operator’s Daily Checklist: MEWP

MEWP Operational Procedures

Workplace inspection

Operating instructions

  • Starting The Engine
  • Emergency Stop
  • Auxiliary Controls
  • Operation From Ground
  • Operation From Platform
  • Drive Speed Select
  • Engine Idle Select (RPM)
  • Check Engine Light

Shutting Down The MEWP

  • Parking The MEWP
  • Stopping The Engine


Entry level requirements into this programme?

All new entrants intended under this code (Novice or Re-licensing) shall provide training institution with the required documents as specified under the National Code Of Practice (NCOP No 43835) Promulgated 23 October 2020

  • An employer declaration or medical certificate confirming the medical fitness of the learner to undergo the intended training
  • An eye test results issued by a person trained to carry out such tests
  • All new entrants intended under this code will be required to hold at least a Grade 12 (Std 10) or National Qualifications Framework level 4 (Mathematics literacy and English) or equivalent
  • Learners shall provide training institution with a valid certified copy of his/her Identity Document
  • Employers must provide a valid copy of (MEWP) Load Test Certificate
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