The aerial work platform is a machine that can lift one or more operators to the work at height area. This type of vehicle is often used in the industry to secure operations at height. The rules for using this type of vehicle depends on the legislation in your country. The only universal regulation is the obligation to have a driving license.
Klubb Group, a major player in the design and production of aerial work platforms, advises you to contact training organizations in your country to find out if there is a training program for the sensibilization and the understanding of the use of a MEWP for increasing operators knowledge.
In France, for example, there is the CACES, which is a certificate of aptitude for safe driving which, upon graduation, attests to the holder's ability to drive elevation equipment. Valid for a period of 5 to 10 years depending on the type of CACES obtained, it assures employers that the operator has learned to operate the vehicle and has been made aware of the risks associated with its use.
In the United States, although the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) safety regulations are only recommendations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) redefines the requirements for American employers. Standards 1926.21, 1926.453, 1926.454 indicate that the company must ensure that its operator is fit to drive and well trained in the use of a MEWP. They also indicate that operators must wear PPE, including a harness with a lanyard to prevent falls. Operators are also required to respect the weight limit in the basket fixed by the manufacturer. In addition, OSHA requires that all training be provided by a qualified trainer and include:
- Checking and rescue routines to handle hazards such as falling objects or electrocution,
- Operation of the MEMP,
- Fall prevention procedures,
- Procedures for the placement and stabilization of equipment,
- Protective equipment available for operator safety,
- Awareness of manufacturer's requirements.
Find out about the legislation in your country but keep in mind that well trained operators are more aware of the risks and are able to better discern and anticipate a dangerous situation, which significantly reduces the number of accidents.
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.