Mobile elevated platforms are necessary to perform a variety of jobs, but they also can be quite risky. In order to ensure the safety of a workplace that includes this structure, you will need to understand the hazards associated with these systems and learn how to guard against them.
According to statistics, the vast majority of serious injuries sustained from working on mobile elevated platforms occur due to the following reasons:
A standard risk assessment is necessary to identify the hazards pertaining to each particular project and their severity, so that the proper safety measures can be installed to reduce the risks. Note that even similar projects will require a thorough inspection to ensure no detail is missed. Proper planning of safety measures is the key to preventing accidents.
How to Control the Risks
Taking the following precautions will help you reduce the risks of working on mobile elevated platforms greatly.
• Inspect and prepare the ground.
If the ground level or sound enough to ensure proper support, a temporary cover must be installed. Uneven ground is the most common cause of overturning, so be sure to examine the area thoroughly.
• Keep the platform tidy.
Many a fall has been caused by an operator tripping over some item on the platform. It’s imperative to keep the area clear of any obstacles. The tools used for work must be placed carefully out of the way.
• Avoid overhead structures.
It’s always best to install a platform well away from any overhead structures that will hinder the operator and pose an additional hazard. If this isn’t possible, it’s essential to follow strict safety protocols developed for this specific situation.
• Install reliable guardrails.
The platform must be equipped with proper guardrails. They must be tested regularly to ensure the structure is sound and reliable.
• Use specialised harnesses to increase the safety of the workers.
There is always a risk of falling when working on a mobile elevated platform, so it’s wise to take some steps to arrest the fall and reduce the risk of a serious injury, if an accident does occur. Wearing a harness that will prevent the worker from getting into a dangerous position is one of the most efficient methods available.
• Protecting the area from the falling objects.
The area surrounding the platform must be equipped with a barrier that will prevent passersby from getting injured by falling tools or debris. The size and type of the barrier must vary depending on the specific project and kind of platform used.