Getting Down to Earth With Elevated Work Platforms

From JPCL, March 2018

By Michael Halliwell, Thurber Engineering Ltd.

If you’ve spent any amount of time on a construction site, there are two pieces of equipment that you are bound to see: the lowly, but ever present, skid-steer loader (or “Bobcat”) and an elevating work platform (EWP). This article examines EWPs and how to use them safely....


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Tagged categories: Access; Health & Safety; lift; Safety; Work platform

Comment from Robert Dahlstrom, (5/7/2018, 6:05 PM)

Michael, nice article! Totally agree training, planing, safety checks, focusing on safety is critical. One additional thing to consider is the ability to engineer the risk out and away from the job site. For example, if there is a robotic system that can do the work at height while the operator is on the ground, that is a big win for safety!


Comment from Michael Halliwell, (5/8/2018, 10:42 AM)

Good point, Robert. If you don't have to put someone in the air, so much the better. Of course, you still need to properly plan for overhead work, even if there isn't a body in a basket doing it.


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