For your work at great heights, aerial work platforms are reliable and versatile machines capable of elevating one or more operators depending on the basket load. Their characteristics make them indispensable in many applications: tree pruning, electric maintenance, deployment of the fiber network, renovation of façades, roof maintenance...
But before handling a boom lift truck, whether it is a light or a heavy vehicle, the company must ensure that the operators are qualified. A driving license is required and training in the usage and awareness of the manipulation of this type of equipment is strongly recommended. Keep in mind that making operators aware of the risks and training them well on the vehicle can significantly reduce the number of accidents.
An aerial work platform is made up of :
- A carrier vehicle: van / chassis / truck / pick-up
- A telescopic or articulated boom
- A basket that can carry one or more operators
- Two workstations, one in the basket and the other on the ground
- And depending on the platform, 0, 2 or 4 outriggers
When you first arrive on site, the most important thing is to park the vehicle, stabilize it if necessary and check the working environment. Do not hesitate to consult our article on checklists before using a cherry picker.
Once all the usual checks have been carried out, you can start using the aerial work platform in optimal conditions. Two operating stations are at your disposal: one in the basket for positioning and motion in the work area, the other on the ground, on the carrier, to control the boom in case of emergency.
Once in the basket, three joysticks are available on the control panel, one for lifting and lowering, one for extending or retracting the arm and one for the rotation of the basket. The use of the equipment is simple and intuitive but if you have a problem and the basket gets stuck, there is always a manual solution to bring you back to the ground.
As you can see, the use of a MEWP is simple, but awareness and respect of safety rules are imperative in order to work safely at height.
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.