In many cases, mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) provide safe and quick access to trees and a secure working platform.
However, MEWPs can still topple if they are overloaded or poorly maintained, as this case study shows.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 do not say you have to use MEWPs for all tree work. But you should always consider MEWPs when planning work. MEWPs are particularly suited to:
When selecting work equipment for work at height the Work at Height Regulations require that collective protection measures take priority over personal fall protection systems (e.g. rope and harness).