What is an EWP?
Elevating work platform is the term used to describe all configurations of EWPs being self-propelled, trailer mounted (towable) or truck mounted. This term is not used when the work platform is an attachment such as a “personnel basket” or “cage” fitted to plant such as a forklift. Below are pictures of the most commonly found EWPs.
VL – Vertical lift ? SL – Scissor Lift
BL – Self-Propelled Boom Lift
TL – Trailer Mounted Lift
TM – Truck Mounted Lift
Elevating Work Platform – AS2550.10; 1.3.7
A mobile machine (device) that is intended to move persons, tools and material to working positions and consists of at least a work platform with controls, an extending structure and a chassis.
There are many variations of EWP but they can be placed in one of two categories: Boom type or Scissor type.
An elevating work platform by which is described as a ‘Telescoping device, hinged device, or articulated device or any combination of these used to support a platform/basket on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated to perform work’. Boom types can be self-propelled, trailer mounted, truck mounted, and come with or without outriggers or stabilisers.