MEWP Rescue

When a person falls or is ejected from a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP), it only takes a short period of time for them to experience suspension trauma (blood pooling in their legs) even if they are wearing a properly fitted full-body harness.


Occupant(s) of the MEWP may need to be rescued in one or more of these situations:

  • Operator incapacitation
  • Occupant injury
  • Snagged platform
  • Platform overload
  • Mechanical malfunction

Rescue Plans

MEWP rescue plan – This represents the Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP) rescue plan. Most equipment is built with an in-build safety measures to ensure the safety in the use of the equipment as much as possible. However, things still go wrong.

The aim of this MEWP rescue plan is to bring the occupants of the aerial platform to the ground safely. Therefore, all measures adopted must ensure the safety of the occupants of the aerial lift.