Safety on Aerial Platforms: 5 factors to keep in mind

Tracked aerial platforms: complete guide to choosing

Safety has become one of the primary selection criteria for dealers and renters in the tracked aerial platform market. Technological advancements have changed work at height, making it not only more operationally efficient but, above all, safer. Whether it is low-level access models or tracked platforms that can exceed 50 meters of working height, such as our RA53 spider, one of the aspects that a manufacturer must focus on is safety.

1. Safety certifications and compliance with regulations

Compliance with national and international regulations is certainly the starting point. ISO 9001 certification and CE marking are essential for the European market, but it is also important to verify that the products are compliant in other specific markets (for example, Easy Lift spiders are also certified for the American market, the Canadian market and the Australian market). Always in terms of safety, Easy Lift has been an IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) member since 2018.

2. Integrated safety features

Aerial platforms should be equipped with a series of integrated safety features to protect operators and people nearby. Among the most important we find:

Control and monitoring systems

  • Stability and leveling control to prevent platform operation in case of excessive slope or unstable ground.
  • Overload control that monitors the load in real time and warns the operator in case of approaching the maximum capacity.
  • Diagnostic system that diagnoses any malfunctions of the machine and warns the operator, allowing problems to be resolved promptly.

Braking and safety systems in motion

  • Automatic slowdown that activates in case of situations such as reaching the maximum boom or height limit.
  • Immediate blocking of movements which, in case of serious failure or imminent danger, automatically stops the movements of the platform.
  • Speed and traction limiters that guarantee precise and fluid control, even in demanding working conditions.
  • Anti-collision protection that automatically stops the machine in case of obstacles.

Safety at height and access to the platform:

  • Basket made of non-slip material to guarantee the operator's stability.
  • Anchor points and lifelines that allow the operator to work safely at height.
  • Access to the platform facilitated by a ladder with non-slip steps, sturdy handrails and well-positioned support points.

3. Training and support

Working on aerial platforms requires specific skills and technical preparation by the operators. It is therefore very useful for dealers and renters to already provide their customers with adequate training on the safe use of aerial platforms and safety procedures, in order to optimize time and costs. An effective training program should include, as starting points:

  • In-depth knowledge of aerial platforms
  • Study of safe operational procedures
  • Recognition and assessment of risks
  • Simulations and practical exercises
  • Periodic updates

Together with the adoption of platforms compliant with regulations, equipped with integrated safety features, and chosen from manufacturers with a solid reputation in safety, training represents an essential investment for the protection of all those who work at height and is precisely for this reason that it constitutes one of the fundamental post-sales services for Easy Lift.

4. Ergonomics and ease of use

Ergonomic and intuitive aerial platforms not only improve operator comfort but also concretely reduce the risk of accidents due to fatigue or human error. Here are some key aspects to keep in mind:

  • Intuitive design of controls: control commands should be easily identifiable and positioned so that they can be operated naturally and without excessive effort.
  • Excellent visibility from the work area: the aerial platform must offer the operator a complete and unobstructed view of the work area, minimizing blind spots and potential hazards.
  • Comfort and support for the operator:  the aerial platform should offer a comfortable work environment for the operator, with enough space to move around, an ergonomic seat, and adequate back support.

The Simple Inside philosophy of Easy Lift aims precisely to simplify work and maintenance of machinery, consequently reducing stress for operators as well.

5. Maintenance

We know that professional renters are obliged to carry out regular checks and preventive maintenance on aerial platforms. Therefore, choosing aerial platforms designed for easy maintenance, with easily accessible access points, helps to reduce downtime and associated costs.

A remote technical assistance service, like EasyCom by Easy Lift, allows for qualified, professional, and above all immediate support, optimizing maintenance times and costs with the possibility of always benefiting from the latest software updates of the machinery in use.

In addition to these factors, it is important that dealers and renters choose a manufacturer with a solid track record in safety, verifying the history of incidents and recalls associated with the products, as well as their commitment to respecting the highest safety standards.

By choosing aerial platforms built with safety in mind, dealers and renters can demonstrate their commitment to protecting their customers.

Easy Lift is proud to offer a wide range of aerial platforms that meet the highest safety standards. Discover the certifications and post-sales and training services of Easy Lift or contact us to learn more about how we can help you choose the right tracked platform for your needs and those of your customers.

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