The use of an aerial platform for work at height is becoming increasingly more common as it is a safe way to access the zone where the work is to be carried out. Accidents are still common too, especially with ladders or scaffolding, and falls from heights are always serious. It is therefore always very important to follow the safety precautions and to keep up to date with good practices highlighted by organizations such as OSHA, HSE or IPAF.
However, when an injury happens while working at height, whether they are using an aerial work platform, a scissor lift or a boom lift. To try and stop this, we would like to warn you about the 4 biggest causes of boom lift accidents:
According to the last data from Electrical Safety Foundation International, the number of operators electrocuted in the construction industry rose around 20% year over year. Electrocutions occur when workers make contact with overhead power lines. They can also happen when a lift makes contact with a power line.
However, it is quite possible for aerial work platform operators to significantly reduce the risk of electrocution by increasing their knowledge of the subject by following a training course.
Falls from aerial work platforms are one of the main causes of fatal accidents, according to the IPAF reports. They are most likely to occur when the operator does not respect basic safety rules. Climbing on the guardrails, leaning off the platform or trying to get off the platform at height is dangerous and against the recommendations!
To prevent this, respect the basic safety rules and remember that wearing personal protective equipment is strongly recommended. Please read our article on the use of a safety harness.
Aerial work platform Tip-Overs
You can be sure that this is a very rare event, the Klubb lifts have enough electronics to tell you when there is a problem (basket overload, stop when you reach the maximum offset)...
To avoid any risk we strongly recommend to never :
– Installing an aerial lift in a crowded space
– Exceed load capacity limits
– Raise a platform in too windy conditions
With proper training, operators can easily identify and avoid aerial work platform tip-over hazards and other kinds of workplace dangers.
Operator is getting caught
One of the biggest causes of injury identified is also when the operator gets caught between the basket of the aerial work platform and an external object such as a lamp post or a wall.
To reduce the risk of this happening to you, we recommend that you carry out an inspection of the aerial work platform that is going to be used and also an inspection of the work site and of course the equipment that you are going to use to work.
Stay safe during work at height when using an aerial work platform is essential:
Aerial platform operators must be prepared for accidents. A clear understanding of aerial lift hazards ensures operators can guard against them.
In addition, when operating a lift, workers must ensure that:
– Access gates are closed.
– The body harness or restraining belt is attached to the boom or bucket with a lanyard.
– They are standing firmly on the floor of the bucket.
– They avoid leaning on the railings and especially not climbing them
FOKUS AUF PERSÖNLICHE SCHUTZAUSRÜSTUNG
Persönliche Schutzausrüstung (PSA) sind Vorrichtungen, die die Bediener vor bekannten Risiken schützen. Sie variieren je nach Tätigkeitsbereich, aber ihre Funktion bleibt die gleiche: den gesamten Körper des Bedieners zu schützen, wenn er sich in einer gefährlichen Situation befindet.
ARBEITSBÜHNEN MIT UND OHNE ABSTÜTZUNGEN: WAS SIND DIE UNTERSCHIEDE?
Wo immer möglich, werden Arbeitsbühnen auf Trägerfahrzeugen ohne Abstützungen montiert. Diese Ausrüstung erhöht das Gewicht des Fahrzeugs und erhöht trotz verbreiteter Meinung nicht die Arbeitshöhe. Darüber hinaus spart die Verwendung eines Fahrzeugs ohne Abstützungen pro Einsatz etwa 5 Minuten im Vergleich zu einem Fahrzeug mit Abstützungen, obwohl die Abstützungen schnell installiert werden können. Besonders geeignet für repetitive Aufgaben wie das Installieren von Weihnachtsbeleuchtung oder das Warten von Straßenbeleuchtung ermöglichen diese Plattformen es den Bedienern, Zeit zu sparen, die Produktivität zu steigern und den Komfort zu verbessern.
UNEBENES GELÄNDE UND HUBARBEITSBÜHNEN: WELCHE VORSICHTSMASSNAHMEN SIND ZU BEACHTEN?
Aerial work platforms provide better access to difficult-to-reach areas, and have revolutionised working conditions in many industries. However, the use of aerial platforms is not without risk, especially when they are operated on unstable terrain such as muddy or uneven ground. Indeed, each environment presents different challenges that every operator needs to identify and understand, in order to take specific precautions. As a reminder, the absence or lack of preparation can damage the platform and lead to serious or fatal injuries.