According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dropped objects are the third leading cause of injuries in construction and also lead to an alarming number of workplace deaths.
Although many safety precautions are used to prevent dropped objects accidents still happen. Aerial lifts are a common source for dropped objects. Construction, maintenance, and utility workers often perform job functions from inside a lift. It is important to have the proper safeguards in place so that if an object is dropped accidentally, any workers below are still protected.
Boom lifts in particular have a higher rate of occurrence because the basket is frequently located far away from the base. As a result, people, unaware of the workers above, walk or stand in the danger zone.
SOLUTION: GET THE SAFE LIGHT
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has safety guidelines in place to prevent falling objects from aerial lifts and scissor lifts. Despite a wealth of knowledge and training about falling objects, the danger remains all too real for many aerial work platform (AWP) workers, along with aerial lift operators. Dropped object prevention is one of the most important aspects of total aerial lift safety.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 250 people died from workplace falling objects in 2016. Add the injuries and minor, unreported incidents from falling objects to that number, and falling objects are clearly a hazard worth anyone’s consideration.
Even with hardhats, safety nets and other safeguards, falling objects can cause injury and even death. That’s why it’s critical to avoid falling objects in the first place. What can you and your company do to increase safety, while decreasing the injuries from falling objects from aerial lifts? Get the Safe Light.
How it Works
The lift operator controls the light from the basket with an on/off switch mounted near the control panel of the lift. The Safe Light runs off of the lifts own power system.
See it in Action
The Safe Light is designed for use on construction sites to give ground workers warning of an overhead hazard and to clear the area below.