As you may know the use of truck mounted aerial work platforms is ruled by several safety regulations whose purpose is to prevent the operator from suffering minor or fatal injuries. Among them are falls from the basket, electrocution or the tipping of the platform.
Using a truck-mounted aerial platform also means being vigilant about the weather. Not the working area only. Which raises a question, can this kind of lift be used in inclement weather ?
Before answering this question, let’s get a bit focused on what inclement weather is.
What is considered inclement weather ?
Here a simple but relevant list of several weather you should pay attention before working at height using truck aerial lift :
- Tropical and winter storms
- Excessive heat
- High wind (more than 28 Mph)
- Wind chill
- Severe thunderstorm
What health and safety administrations said about using truck-mounted platforms in high winds or inclement weather ?
Health and Safety Executive : high winds can tilt platforms and make them unstable. Set a maximum safe wind speed for operation. Storms and snow falls can also damage platforms. Inspect the platform before use after severe weather.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration : OSHA does not have a specific standard that covers working in inclement weather, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards.
SECURITY CULTURE: WHAT IS THE ROLE OF EMPLOYERS?
Companies whose core business involves working at height are required to continuously improve their safety culture, which includes raising awareness about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) among their employees. In this article, we provide you with the keys to building a strong and coherent safety policy with your operators, which will significantly reduce workplace accidents related to falls from height.
FOCUS ON PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are devices that protect operators from known risks. They vary depending on the sector of activity, but their role remains the same: to protect the operator's entire body when they are in a situation presenting a danger.
AERIAL PLATFORMS WITH AND WITHOUT OUTRIGGERS: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
Wherever possible, aerial work platforms are mounted on carriers without outriggers. This equipment increases the weight of the vehicle and, despite popular belief, does not increase the working height. In addition, although the outriggers can be installed quickly, using a vehicle without outriggers saves about 5 minutes per operation, compared to a vehicle with outriggers. Particularly suitable for repetitive tasks, such as installing Christmas lights or maintaining street lighting, these platforms allow operators to save time, increase productivity and improve comfort.