HSE Issue Safety Alert on Mast Climbing Working Platforms

During ongoing investigation work, the HSE have discovered that some Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs), which rely on two independent motor drive units per mast as the means to prevent the platform falling with overspeed, are not fitted with suitable and sufficient controls to manage this risk.

This has resulted in the HSE issuing a Safety Alert which requires that all mast climbers need to be checked to ensure they are safe and meet specific technical specification for their safe operation. The HSE state that those that do not meet the technical requirement are to be suspended from service until the requirements are met.

The safety alert can be viewed at: https://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/mast-climbing-work-platforms-mechanical-failure.htm