Many accidents in construction places or in companies happen due to incorrect use of the aerial platform. A well-trained operator, following basic safety rules, a regular inspection and maintenance of the machine can prevent many accidents.
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Keep the following tips in mind when using a platform.
- Take a right training course.
Before starting to work with an aerial work platform, it is important to take an adequate training. Increase your security and know the exact type of machine you will use. Review the manual of the machine and become familiar with all the safety symbols.
- Take into account the norms.
Read, understand and respect all safety regulations. Both the employer or employee, as well as local authorities or the government can impose specific conditions. Make sure you are sufficiently informed about this topic.
- Inspect the aerial platform and workplace before you begin.
If you receive an error message during the inspection or function tests, analyse the risk before using it and, if necessary, repair the part with the help of a qualified service technician. Always carry out a risk assessment of the workplace before taking the machine to the workplace. E.g. Make sure there are no holes in the surface.
- Use the proper safety material in case of fall.
A securely fitting safety harness with a fall arrest cord is an essential requirement. Always secure the fall arrest cord to the correct anchor points on the work platform.
- Raise the platform in the correct circumstances.
- Lift the platform only if it is placed on a level surface.
- Never lift the platform near the high voltage cables.
- Never drive a platform while the basket is raised, unless the machine is designed to do so.
- Stay inside the platform.
Never sit down, stand or climb on the railing of the platform. Always keep both feet on the floor of the platform. Never leave an elevated aerial work platform basket, unless you are qualified to do so. Never get off a raised platform.
- Never exceed the established limits.
Always observe the maximum nominal weight or load limit. If you exceed these limits, you risk the platform overturning. Consider the above tips to work safely on an aerial work platform. Also, assess wind speed, which is a factor that should not be underestimated when working at altitude safely.