The International Powered Access Federation last week released a dramatic video that shows the dangers of not wearing a full-body harness on a boom-type access platform.
The IPAF video features a live demonstration in which a crash dummy fitted to a specially modified Skyjack boom shows the effects of driving over a low-lying obstacle. For safety reasons, the crash dummy is suspended at the top of the basket. The dummy is not wearing a harness in order to show the consequences of the catapult and jolting effects when the boom goes over an obstacle.
“This video is a vivid illustration of why operators should wear harnesses on boom-type platforms,” said IPAF managing director Tim Whiteman. “The industry must prevent unnecessary deaths where people are catapulted from booms. Let us keep this safe method of working at height even safer.”
The video is available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish. It can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.ipaf.org/en/publications/film/. Alternatively, you can request a free copy via email at email@example.com.
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. Members include rental companies, manufacturers, distributors and equipment owners. More information is at www.ipaf.org.