Wilshaw offers registration and design services for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs)

Wilshaw offers registration and design services for Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs)

For the safety of workers and continuity of operations, it is imperative to register classified plant and plant design.

As stated in the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)’ Mines Safety Bulletin No. 114, and ThinkSafe Volume 1 (1 January 2019), “An Integrated Tool Carrier (ITC), when fitted with a work platform, is considered a MEWP, and is therefore classified plant. As such, it must be compliant with AS1418.10, and must be registered if to be used on any mine site.”

This is enforced by the DMIRS and action must be taken by all parties to ensure compliance of their equipment.

How to register designs and classified plant

Plant design can be registered with the DMIRS – WorkSafe. Registering the design allows multiple units of a design to be produced under a single design registration.

Alternatively, classified plant can be registered with the DMIRS – Resources Safety. Each item of plant requires an individual submission and registration.

Each combination of ITC and work platform type is considered a different MEWP, and therefore requires an individual registration for each combination/MEWP, when registering a design.

Functional requirements and safety features of MEWPs

To comply with AS1418.10 – 2011, each MEWP should be equipped with several safety functions and features (not necessarily fitted to ITs as standard), including:

  • Electronic chassis inclination monitoring & alarm system – to ensure operation within design limits
  • Tyre pressure monitoring – to ensure stability
  • Attachment hydraulic locking pins isolation valves – to prevent unintentional disengagement of the work platform
  • Travel speed control (procedural limitation may be acceptable in certain circumstances)
  • Load sensing capability – to prevent overloading of work platform
  • Boom lift cylinder locking valves – in case of a hose rupture
  • Work platform auto-levelling
  • Communications system between cab & work platform (camera system or intercom)
  • Emergency lowering of the boom – operable from the ground and work platform, and to be capable of functioning should a hose rupture
  • Emergency stops for the engine – operable from the cab, ground, and work platform
  • Battery isolator – in an easily accessible location
  • Self-closing & locking gate on work platform
  • Fall arrest anchor points
  • Crush protection in work platform
  • Indicators & warning lights on IT – required for use in underground mining
  • Fire suppression system on IT – required for use in underground mining

How can we help?

Wilshaw Engineering has completed many MEWP design registrations for clients, and can manage all aspects of the registration process, including:

  • Specification of all additional ancillary equipment required for the loader and work platform – can be organised & supervised by Wilshaw, or organised by the client and verified by a Wilshaw representative
  • Supporting documentation
  • Structural calculations and drawings for the work platform, if not manufactured by Wilshaw & not available from the supplier
  • Prescribing and supervising testing (normally undertaken at clients’ facilities), in accordance with AS1418.10: 2011 Section 3
  • Providing an independent design verifier to review all documentation & witness testing
  • Management & submission of the registration with the DMIRS

For more information about MEWP design registration or any of our design and drafting services, call +61 8 9479 0800 or email info@wilshaw.com.au.