Carnegie Mellon University

Mobile Elevating Work Platform Program

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) are machines and devices intended for moving persons, tools and material to working positions. MEWPs consist of at least a work platform with controls, an extending structure, and a chassis. They are classified into two groups:

  • Group A: MEWPs with platforms that move vertically but stay inside the tipping lines
  • Group B: All other MEWPs, typically boom-type MEWPs where the platform extends past the machine’s chassis.

The CMU EHS MEWP Program sets guidelines for procurement, training, certification, inspections and fall protection to prevent MEWP related incidents.

Each MEWP operator may only use the MEWP equipment type they have been trained and
certified to operate, or when under the direct supervision of persons who have the
knowledge, training and experience to train operators and evaluate their competence “in the

Training is conducted by a third-party contractor. Please email to request training.