Last year, OSHA cited a Framingham, Massachusetts-based company after an aerial lift accident injured one employee and killed an employee for another roofing contractor. This incident and several other roofing accidents highlight the need for better safety training.
That’s why the American Work Platform Training (AWPT) subsidiary of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is launching free warning stickers that ask if the operator has been properly trained in the operation of that equipment. The stickers are to be placed on an aerial work platform (AWP) or mast climbing work platform (MCWP), both of which require safety training prior to use.
AWPT also offers free stickers that remind operators to wear a full body harness with a short lanyard in boom type platforms. In addition, the organization distributes Technical Guidance Note H1 that explains the ANSI requirements for personal fall protection in boom-supported work platforms. The hope is that these materials will improve safety awareness and reduce the number of construction accidents related to lack of training.
Source: AWPT stickers could help prevent more accidents, Access International, January 12, 2010
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