Runaway MEWP investigated
An incident involving a runaway mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) in London is being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.
A MEWP ran away while being on-tracked at a road-rail access point near Belle Isle junction. The operator onboard was unable to stop the vehicle and jumped from it as it ran on a descending gradient for 700 metres.
No one was injured during the incident and no damage was caused to the vehicle or the infrastructure of the railway.
Construction Enquirer reports that RAIB’s preliminary examination found that a hydraulic valve on the MEWP’s direct rail wheel braking system was not correctly set for operational use and that this was likely to have been the cause of the MEWP not being braked when it was on-tracked.