Mobile lighting towers can be used in a variety of situations including for remote work, on building sites, in emergencies, for roadworks and even at airports.
As with any lighting solution, there are risks involved in using lighting towers if they are not operated safely.
Using lighting towers safely
The following rules should always be followed when using a mobile lighting tower:
- Never erect the lighting tower underneath overhead power lines. If there are power lines nearby, workers should be made aware of their presence
- Train workers on the dangers of overhead power lines – contractors have died from electric shock when a lighting tower came into contact with overhead power
- Read the operator’s manual for the lighting tower you are using
- Ensure you are trained to use the equipment
- Check and maintain towers regularly to make sure they are in working order
- When using a lighting tower, it should be positioned on firm, level ground and well-secured using the equipment provided
- Before changing or handling bulbs, always allow at least 10-15 minutes for the light fixture to cool down
- Towers should be lowered during electrical storms or high winds
- Electrical cords should also be regularly checked for wear and any issues reported to management
In addition to the above, it is important that lighting towers are positioned on the same level or on higher ground than the work area, and that workers are not forced to look directly at them for any length of time, as they can be very bright!
Accidents involving lighting towers
Because they are a mobile lighting solution, accidents can occur with lighting towers when they are being moved and erected. High winds or inclement weather can cause lighting towers to become unstable, and they could fall on workers.
Electrocution is also a risk, not only from overhead power lines but also from faulty equipment or worn cables. Fire is also a possibility, which is why lighting towers should not be used in enclosed spaces.
Accident Advice Helpline
Unfortunately, accidents do happen, however, if you have been injured in an accident involving a lighting tower and feel somebody else was to blame, you may be considering seeking personal injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline deal with hundreds of workplace accident claims every year, and we will help you to get the compensation you deserve, whatever your situation. Call us today and take advantage of our 100% no win, no fee* service.
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Date Published: March 3, 2014
Author: David Brown