Wear a harness

15 April 2008

Still too many fatal falls from boom–type platforms are happening because people are not wearing harnesses when they should be

The Powered Access Interest Group (PAIG), a joint committee of the Construction Plant–hire Association and IPAF, has called for all users of boom–type mobile elevating work platforms to wear a full–body harness with a short lanyard. PAIG has also requested the Health &Safety Executive, manufacturers, hire companies and main contractors to support this campaign

“Powered access is a very safe way to work at height,” said IPAF managing director Tim Whiteman. “However, one of the most common dangers in using boom–type platforms is being catapulted out of the basket. There is a very real risk of being thrown out of booms, but wearing a harness can save your life.”

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