Haulotte elevating work platform (EWP) failure

The purpose of this safety alert is to highlight risks associated with a failed cast steel linkage on an elevating work platform (EWP).


A worker in Queensland received severe injuries when he was ejected from an EWP on a construction site on the Gold Coast. The incident involved a Haulotte H16TPX boom type EWP, manufactured in 2008.

Contributing factors

The linkage between the fly jib and boom catastrophically failed and allowed the platform to drop so that it hung vertically.

Image shows the damaged EWP which the platform on the ground

The following photograph shows a close up view of the failed linkage. The linkage on this particular model is manufactured from cast steel.

Image shows a close up of the failed linkage.

Action required

  • As a matter of urgency, all Haulotte boom type EWPs with a linkage similar to that shown in the second photograph are to be inspected by a competent person.
  • If cracks, excessive wear or other damage are found, then the EWP is to be removed from service. Haulotte Australia Pty Ltd is currently investigating the issue.
  • Owners should seek guidance from the manufacturer on inspection criteria and remedial measures to be taken. Haulotte Australia can be contacted on 1300 207 683.

Further information


Code of Practice


This Alert contains safety information from the Safety Alert - Haulotte elevating work platform failure, issued by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland on 17 August 2012. NT WorkSafe does not warrant the information in this Alert is complete or up-to-date and does not accept any liability for the information in this report or as to its use.