Independent LawnMowing Contractors Of Australia Forum
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21

Thread: licence required when operating a cherry picker

  1. #1
    Translawner administrator's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,602

    Default licence required when operating a cherry picker

    http://www.ors.act.gov.au/workcover/...t/faqplant.htm

    Elevating Work Platform - Cherry Picker Workcover Licence Course


    http://www.shortcourses.vic.gov.au/s...368&prv_id=816

    Do I need a permit to operate an elevating work platform?
    A Certificate of Competency is required to operate an elevating work platform. Permits were required prior to assessment for a certificate under the previous certification system. The current certification system relays on recorded supervised training prior to obtaining certificates. Under the currant National Licensing System you have to have to complete a logbook while you are undergoing training. Logbooks can be picked up from ORS WorkCover, or a sample can be found here.

    Is a licence required when operating a cherry picker? What about a passenger?
    When operating a cherry picker or an elevating work platform (boom length >= 11 meters) you need to have a licence.

    A passenger does not require the licence to operate if they are not operating the controls. If the passenger is required to use controls they require a licence to operate.

    Please Support The Sponsors www.lawnmowingdirectory.com.au

    As they support this forum




    Carrum downs Dandenong Doveton

  2. #2
    Translawner administrator's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,602

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    http://userwebs.cth.com.au/~gcutts/M...nvironment.htm

    CORONER has "reluctantly" charged a junior electrician with manslaughter after ruling the law did not allow him to put the man's bosses on trial for the death of a teenage apprentice in an horrific cherry-picker accident.

    In what is believed to be a legal first in Queensland, Coroner Trevor Black in Brisbane yesterday found there was enough evidence to put John Michael Purcell, 24, on trial for the "unlawful killing" of an apprentice under his supervision. But Mr Black said he could not press similar charges against the apprentice's employer, AJC Electrical Services Pty Ltd, "despite any conclusions or observations as to moral responsibility".

    The inquest was told Timothy Mark Martin, 17, died from third-degree burns in September 1999, nearly a month after he lifted himself into power lines with a cherry picker while working in Cairns. The inquest heard at the time of the accident Martin had been working for two weeks under the supervision of Purcell, who completed his apprenticeship four months earlier.

    The inquest heard that while repairing an 11.4m sign outside a KFC restaurant in the Cairns suburb of Smithfield, the structure of the footpath forced Martin and Purcell to set up a cherrypicker directly underneath three 22,000 volt power lines. Purcell told the inquest he found a way for the machine's basket to be raised up to the sign without touching the power lines, and watched Martin safely lift himself up and down a number of times.

    But the inquest heard after a meal break, Purcell took his eyes off Martin and the apprentice lifted himself too close to the power lines. When the electricity jumped to the cherry-picker, Martin was caught in a ball of flame.

    Mr Black said he accepted that Purcell had warned Martin of the dangers, but ruled the electrician had to be charged with manslaughter for letting the apprentice use the machine unsupervised.

    AJC Electrical Service directors John and Greg Caulfield pleaded guilty last year to breaching workplace health and safety laws and were fined $45,000. The inquest heard the Caulfields admitted they had contributed to Martin's death by giving him permission to use cherry-pickers even though he did not hold a licence.

    [Brisbane Courier Mail, 20th June 2001]

    Please Support The Sponsors www.lawnmowingdirectory.com.au

    As they support this forum




    Carrum downs Dandenong Doveton

  3. #3
    Senior Member SunM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    105

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    What kind of retard sets up underneath 22kV conductors without an insulated tower...

    For towers over 11 metres you need an EWP ticket (Licence to perform high risk work). I would also recommend doing a Limits of Approach course (LOA), thats all the powerlines bits, its better to know what the deal is with powerlines than not to know.
    Cert III Arborist

  4. #4
    MEMBER Fred's mowing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    s/e melb
    Posts
    2,544

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    Quote Originally Posted by SunM
    What kind of retard sets up underneath 22kV conductors without an insulated tower...

    For towers over 11 metres you need an EWP ticket (Licence to perform high risk work). I would also recommend doing a Limits of Approach course (LOA), thats all the powerlines bits, its better to know what the deal is with powerlines than not to know.
    Very interested in this.
    Any ideas where I can get more info on this? or do I just start googling?
    I know electricty can jump substantial distances, not sure how far .
    Too often I find myself on large aluninium ladders, waving around aluminium tools too close to power lines 4 my likeing .
    Cheers Dean.

  5. #5
    Senior Member SunM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    105

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    The LOA course says dont go within 8 metres of HV conductors with something not insulated, HV being 6.6kV and up. Most LV lines you can touch but there are still a lot out there without insulation.
    Cert III Arborist

  6. #6
    MEMBER Fred's mowing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    s/e melb
    Posts
    2,544

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    HV lines & HV conductors, whats the diff???
    Alot of HV lines are about 8m from the ground .
    Cheers Dean.

  7. #7
    Senior Member SunM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    105

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    Lines/Conductors, same thing. Yea HV lines are pretty low in some areas, if trees are too close to HV lines then we call the live linies to come and cut the trees back. But if its just through the LV we can take care of that.
    Cert III Arborist

  8. #8
    Dedicated Member Cranbourne Lawnmowing's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Cranbourne vic
    Posts
    2,344

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    I got my dogging license years ago and back then if you were going to have any sort of crane, cherry picker etc, etc near power lines I was told you were supposed to have insulation put on the cables.
    The power was supposed to be turned off to those lines as well. I've heard that doesn't happen any more. SunM can you give any info about this?

  9. #9
    Senior Member SunM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    105

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    You are supposed to inform the power company when working around powerlines. Depending on the situation they may turn the power off. I wouldnt be going near LV or HV with uninsulated equipment.
    Cert III Arborist

  10. #10
    Translawner administrator's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,602

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    Good advice sunm i have enough trouble with my toaster .

    Please Support The Sponsors www.lawnmowingdirectory.com.au

    As they support this forum




    Carrum downs Dandenong Doveton

  11. #11
    Translawner administrator's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,602

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    Quote Originally Posted by Adamandeves
    Very interested in this.
    Any ideas where I can get more info on this? or do I just start googling?
    I know electricty can jump substantial distances, not sure how far .
    Too often I find myself on large aluninium ladders, waving around aluminium tools too close to power lines 4 my likeing .
    Cheers Dean.

    Thats a reason i added this thread after looking at the pics you put up .
    You standing on that ladder with a pole trimmer the real tall one just made me cringe lol

    Also i noticed you use the cherry picker ,i guess you hire it ,do they make sure you have a licence i am sure they would but thought i would ask .

    Pic of this website
    http://www.acetowerhire.com.au/
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Last edited by administrator; 22-05-2010 at 11:05 AM.

    Please Support The Sponsors www.lawnmowingdirectory.com.au

    As they support this forum




    Carrum downs Dandenong Doveton

  12. #12
    MEMBER Fred's mowing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    s/e melb
    Posts
    2,544

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    Quote Originally Posted by administrator View Post
    Thats a reason i added this thread after looking at the pics you put up .
    You standing on that ladder with a pole trimmer the real tall one just made me cringe lol

    Also i noticed you use the cherry picker ,i guess you hire it ,do they make sure you have a licence i am sure they would but thought i would ask .

    Pic of this website
    http://www.acetowerhire.com.au/
    I think 11m & under doesnt reqire a licence, at least thats how it was explained to me by Kennards hire.
    Just went to revisit them pics, cant find em.
    Cheers Dean.

  13. #13
    Senior Member SunM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    105

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    Yea, 11m and under you dont need an EWP ticket.
    Cert III Arborist

  14. #14
    MEMBER Fred's mowing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    s/e melb
    Posts
    2,544

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    Hey SunM ,your obviously an apprentice aborist. Are there any aborist forums out there that u know about?
    Cheers Dean.

  15. #15
    Translawner administrator's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    3,602

    Default Re: licence required when operating a cherry picker

    yes there wil be a new forum coming soon at www.indtreeloppers.com.au. With all the right information .

    Please Support The Sponsors www.lawnmowingdirectory.com.au

    As they support this forum




    Carrum downs Dandenong Doveton

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •