The 2017 update to the OSHA standard for fall protection compliance (1910 Subpart D) implements terminology that didn't exist in the previous version of the standard. For those of you who knew the pre-2017 standard by heart, here's a quick-reference breakdown of the current standard terminology...Read More
OSHA requirements for work platforms have always been horribly complex. But since January 2017 when OSHA completely rewrote the standard 1910 Subpart D: Walking Working Surfaces (the standard that serves as the authority on work platform compliance), it's been nearly impossible to get a straight...
One of the most common access challenges technicians face, especially in manufacturing lines, is the need for cantilevered access at multiple levels. Because overreaching access requirements vary from project to project, cantilevered work stands have to be customized to the end user’s specs almost...Read More
For the 6th year in a row, OSHA’s Fall Protection Standard (1926.501) is once again the agency’s most frequently cited standard. We know fall protection is a common issue in construction, but what about for those of us in general industry? Here is a quick reference cheat sheet on OSHA-compliant...Read More
Between the robotics required to build the equipment to the hundreds of tools necessary to support the manufacturing process, engineers are overloaded with developing customized systems and tools that not only satisfy the needs of the manufacturing line, but also meet or exceed safety standards,...Read More
A few days ago, I was chatting with a guy that was in the market for a maintenance ladder or work platform for a lightweight helicopter. He emphasized that quality was his top priority, but that price was going to be the make-it-or-break-it factor in his decision. As he put it, “I mean, I like...Read More
When it comes to sophisticated equipment and complicated assembly lines, off-the-shelf work platforms simply will not cut it. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a custom work platform manufacturer, including:
- How experienced is the company in work platform design?
- How much does...
With the ability to extend out from a work deck to conform around equipment edges, sliders have proven especially useful on aircraft maintenance stands and other work platforms where straight decks leave dangerous gaps between the deck and the equipment.
Sliders have been a part of work platforms...Read More
When someone requires upper-level access with a large amount of height adjustability, they typically look at scissor lifts rather than work platforms. And for good reason - standard work platforms typically only allow height adjustment ranges of one to three feet. For example, they’ll start at 60”...Read More