Each year, with the advent of new technology by the power access industry, the focus mainly lies on increasing the safety of the workers and reduction in accidents or deaths while using restricted access aerial platform at work. During recent times, there have been several new safety features that have been designed and added specifically that will help avoid any kind of overhead collisions and crushing accidents. Here is a list of new safety features being introduced in the restricted access aerial platform:-
They can easily be fit into work platforms such as scissor lift, boom lift, and cherry pickers, which allow people working at higher heights to work safely without worrying. They come in the form of steel beams, protective bars and cages, which extend above the height of an operator and can take the brunt of any kind of impact in case the lift comes into contact with any kind of an overhead hazard. This way you can avoid a direct collision, along with safety guard rails that also absorbs the impact and self stabilizes the platform. This ensures that the operator is not thrown off.
Overhead protective systems
While using a restricted access aerial platform, chances are that accidents might occur. Pre-work checks might escape faulty areas and overhead obstacles that the operator might have missed. This possesses a serious risk, once the platform is raised. Confined spaces are also yet another peril and a common cause of the accident when the operator is attempting. Having overhead protective gear would avoid such accidents.
Overhead safety devices
Certain overhead safety devices include anti-crushing bars. According to international powered access federation, the pledge is to reduce accidents and death in the powered access industry. All platform users can register or log in their incidents into the international database so that the data can be collected and analyzed so that future safety can be adopted and future incidents can be avoided.
Before using this machine, all operators must be well trained well. The main objective is to use the right safety equipment such as the ‘Harness’ that clips, onto the safety rail of the platform in case of the falls.
Ground assessments, risk assessments, and safety checks
Finally, risk assessments, safety checks, and ground assessment must be conducted before you begin work on aerial risk assessment platform or the restricted access aerial platform. You need to check overhead hazards, insufficient ground strength, and hazardous environments. The development of an overhead protection system for all elevating work platforms will help reduce the number of accidents relating to collision and crushing with the assistance of the powered access industry. Any form of further development and design will work towards increasing the safety of the operators and the users alike.
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