Recently the team at Local Asphalt Sheffield had a 60 foot Mobile Elevated Working Platform on site to assist with a current project on site. Colleagues at Sheffield Readymix also had a task that needed completing with a MEWP, so Gordon Renshaw and Steve Taylor arranged for a collaboration of use that benefitted both.
Whilst talking to the Readymix lads the subject of emergency drills and situations came up and they decided to undertake a joint training session on how to get someone down in a basket from working at height in an emergency situation that could benefit us all in future. Danny Wilkinson (trained IPAF MWEP operative) from our local contractor, DP Young, was on hand to highlight the controls and actions to take should they find themselves needing to bring the basket down from the control panel at ground level. The bucket was raised in the air, and with no one in the basket they were all able to have a go with the controls on both machine power and with the emergency battery.
Many things were learnt and appreciated from the training session and in the unlikely event of an emergency are all better prepared than they were before. Thanks to Danny for helping with the drill, and to Craig and Ryan from Sheffield Readymix, and Andy and Adam from Sheffield Asphalt for attending.