Mobile platforms come in various guises. They can incorporate stairs and have wheels on them to make them easy to move from one place to another. Scissor lifts can also fall into this bracket, providing a manner of working at height while negating the need to climb. In this case, the lift allows someone to board it at ground level, before operating it to rise to the height required.
In each case, using mobile platforms safely is the most important element. Not only should the right type of platform be chosen for the job at hand, those using it should be trained in doing so, and understand how to safely operate the platform.
How might accidents happen?
A lack of understanding of how the platforms work can certainly lead to an increased risk of injury. For example, many of these platforms have wheels to make them easy to move. However, they should be fixed in a locked position while in use. Someone who has been trained and knows exactly how to use a platform will ensure the proper checks are made.
They should also be used on level ground, and should not be overloaded. For instance, using mobile platforms safely does not involve allowing six people to climb onto a platform designed only for two. Platforms can collapse, overturn or collide with other people or objects if they are not used correctly.
Injuries can be avoided
As you can see, it is more than possible to avoid a wide range of injuries that would otherwise take place if health and safety rules were not followed. Injuries and fatalities have happened in the past, with crush injuries, head injuries and other serious occurrences taking place. No one wants to suffer from injuries such as these, but if you already have and you’re wondering whether someone else was at fault, you should call Accident Advice Helpline.
We’re here to answer your call and to evaluate the situation you are in. If good evidence of negligence does exist, your case might be taken by one of our professional injury compensation lawyers. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 to see where you stand. You might find you have a good chance to make a solid compensation claim as a result of what happened to you in the last three years. It’s definitely worth a phone call.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead