Bolt-on features enhances safety for workers leaving access platforms at height to work on adjacent structures
Global powered access major JLG has introduced a new feature on its mobile elevating work platforms that allows users to exit the platform after it reaches the desired height to step onto adjacent structures while being tethered to an approved lanyard anchor point on the platform.
The new feature is a system that bolts on to existing platforms and allows worker more safety while being flexible with their work, the company said in statement. The new system is an improvement on JLG’s Fall Arrest Platform, which it launched in 2004.
The Bolt-On Fall Arrest System consists of two large steel brackets securing a six feet-long cable with a ring that can move from one end of the cable to the other. Attaching the lanyard to the ring improves manoeuvrebility and allows the operator to perform tasks outside of the platform.
Bill Dovey, JLG’s senior product manager, booms, said: “Machine operators can often save time by having access beyond the work platform. Our External Bolt-On Fall Arrest System gives operators the confidence to manoeuvre safely and securely outside the platform.”
According to JLG, the new feature is suitable for various applications, such as aircraft inspection, maintenance and service, roof installation or repair, chimney repair, bridge construction, petrochemical plant construction, inspection maintenance and repair, and steel erection as well as general construction and maintenance.
The External Bolt-On Fall Arrest System meets both ANSI A92.5 and CSA B354.4-02 standards and can be installed by a qualified service representative to any 36-by-72 inch or 36-by-96 inch platform mounted to a JLG boom lift. The system is portable and can be moved from one platform to another, does not require a specially reinforced platform and does not de-rate platform capacity. Fall Arrest solutions are available on all new JLG boom lifts and as an aftermarket accessory through JLG parts.