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    Question 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.
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    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]

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