Product Walk-Around: ZX™-135/70 Articulating Boom - ANSI

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Looking beyond ladders

 Why are low-level access products gaining in popularity as a means of fall protection?


Low-level access products are gaining popularity over ladders for one main reason – safety. This category of lifts is a safer alternative to ladders, scaffolding and other forms of access. In addition, these machines enhance productivity, promote efficiency and provide environmental benefits that are increasingly of interest to operators and building owners.

The use and popularity of low-level access lifts are growing for several reasons. One is that operators can use both hands comfortably to do work safely at height, 360 degrees around. This isn’t the case with ladders, where workers often must use one hand to stabilize themselves at height, leaving only one hand free to perform a task.

This equipment also features portability benefits. Low-level access equipment can be lowered and moved from one location to another, making it easy to perform multiple tasks throughout a facility in less time. In addition, some solutions can be operated with a cordless 18-volt drill, while others are powered by a 40-volt, lithium-ion battery that allows for smooth, cord-free operation.

Another benefit of low-level access lifts is that they can maneuver easily through standard doorways or standard double doorways. The personal portable lifts can be assembled and disassembled in minutes with two people and require little storage space when not in use. A benefit to being able to disassemble the lifts is that the pieces can be carried to previously inaccessible parts of a building. For example, if someone needs to complete work in an area accessible only by stairs, they can disassemble the lift, carry the pieces up or down the stairs, and then reassemble. Additionally, because the lifts are telescopic, they can fit into the back of a truck or van.

The non-powered realm of low-level access lifts includes models that feature a patented stored power lift system that requires no batteries, hydraulics, oil or controls. Because no hydraulics or motors are involved, these eco-friendly lifts are leak-free and operate quietly, making them a preferred piece of equipment for work in schools, hospitals and other institutions. In the interest of reduced environmental influence, these units also include non-marking wheels that minimize the impact on sensitive flooring.

It’s also important to note that low-level access helps with worker fatigue. With ladders, a worker must climb up and down to get the tools he or she needs. It can be exhausting work and can lead to an increased risk of falls or injuries. However, low-level access offers trays to rest tools on to get the work done quickly without a lot of moving up and down. If a worker needs to secure another tool, it’s as easy as moving a lift mechanism or pressing a button to ascend and descend.

Editor's note: This article represents the independent views of the author and should not be construed as a National Safety Council endorsement.


Follow the Three Cs to Encourage PPE Compliance Among Workers

Wearing the right personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job serves two purposes. It protects workers, and it helps employers comply with relevant safety standards and OSHA requirements. But, encouraging workers to wear PPE—and to wear it properly—isn’t an easy task. Follow the three Cs to boost proper PPE usage on the job.

The first “C” is obvious—PPE must be comfortable. When equipment is uncomfortable, workers are less likely to wear it. Or worse, they may make modifications that create risks rather than prevent them.

Two important factors that can affect the comfort level of PPE are fit and material. When PPE is too loose, too tight or made from scratchy or stiff material, it can hinder a worker’s movement and productivity.

The best way to determine whether PPE will be comfortable is to conduct a wear test at your facility. Try out PPE from several manufacturers and collect feedback from workers on which manufacturers’ equipment they prefer. If a wear test isn’t possible, work with a manufacturer who allows you to customize their equipment. Offer various sizes for workers to choose from, including sizes specifically for women. And when choosing materials, look for PPE that is wicking, breathable and lightweight to regulate air temperature in both hot and cold environments.

When PPE is both easy to access and wear, workers are more likely to comply with your organization’s PPE requirements. If your facility emphasizes efficiency, workers may skip time-consuming PPE procedures to meet their daily quotas and goals.

Store PPE in a convenient place where workers can access it as part of their daily routine. Don’t keep safety glasses in one room and gloves in another room several yards away. Also, specify exactly what PPE is required for certain jobs. By providing a detailed list of necessary PPE by job, you encourage workers to wear only the appropriate PPE items, which cuts down on time spent preparing for the work.

Sometimes, workers don’t wear proper PPE because they simply forget what is required for the job at hand. Fewer PPE items are easier for workers to remember, especially when extensive PPE is necessary to keep them safe.

Start by identifying all hazards present on the job site or at the facility where the PPE will be used. Then, consider PPE that addresses multiple hazards at once, like industrial safety gloves that are also fire retardant. Technology advancements have given rise to multipurpose PPE, so consider upgrading outdated equipment to keep workers as safe as possible.


Performing a Boom Lift Function Check - JLG Industries

Learn how to conduct a proper function check with boom controls. The function check ensures all functions operate smoothly with precise control. It provides the opportunity to visually inspect items that cannot be seen during the walk around, like boom sections and extendable axles. Some tips you’ll see include: Ensure the machine is on a firm, level surface in an area free of obstructions and that there is no load in the platform. Make sure there’s enough clearance around the machine and platform to safely operate all functions. The turntable lock should be disengaged. Always start with the ground controls. Watch the video for a more detailed overview.


Fall Arrest vs. Fall Restraints

Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the workplace. As you work to mitigate the dangers of falls in your facility by putting safe guards in place, keep the differences between arrest and restraint in mind: Fall arrest means to be caught while falling and fall restraint means to be restrained from falling in the first place.


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