Use the new mast climbing work platforms inspection tool to hit all the points of a pre-shift daily inspection.
A mast climbing work platform is motorized construction elevating equipment that is used to allow workers to easily work at different heights. The platform’s powered drive unit moves the work platform up and down a vertical mast structure, giving workers access to a number of different heights, such as working on the façade of a building, from the ground up to the roof. Like with all instances of working at heights, a mast climbing work platform presents fall hazards. Many of these hazards can be mitigated with a pre-shift daily inspection. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) created a Mast Climbing Work Platform Daily Inspection Walkthrough Tool to assist workers in completing a daily inspection without missing a thing.
Mast Climbing Work Platform Daily Inspection Walkthrough Tool
The Mast Climbing Work Platform Daily Inspection Walkthrough Tool is a free electronic tool that walks a user through the different points that should be inspected prior to the use of a Mast Climbing Work Platform. These inspections should be carried out every day before the platform is put to use.
This tool takes a user through inspecting:
- Inclement weather.
- Checking the visibility of the platform, and that it is clear of obstructions to move up and down.
- Ensuring ground safety perimeters are maintained and that proper barriers are in place.
- Checking the horizontal and vertical level of the base and the front and side faces of the mast structure.
- Inspecting the ground structure and outrigger pads/blocks are structurally sound.
- Checking mast nuts/bolts and mast sections.
- Checking the motor, including fuel and oil levels, that wires and contacts are secure, that there are no leaks, and that there is a working fire extinguisher is present.
- Testing the drive unit operation features and emergency/safety features.
- Making sure warning signs, stickers, and placards are in place and legible.
- Inspecting the platform/planking condition and that it is stamped OSHA approved.
- Ensuring guardrail and end plank guardrail sections are present and secure.
- Making sure the platform is not overloaded and materials are secure.
- Ensure that all tie-off points are accessible from the platform area and Personal Fall Arrest System protocols are followed.
- Inspecting anchor/tie connections.
- Ensure that all mechanical descent stops are in place and that the specific mast end cap is in position at the top of the mast.
- Inspect the tie/anchor spacing to ensure it is all configured to the manufacturer specification and/or the authorized site engineer design.
- Ensure all appropriate guarding and signage for ingress/egress is in place.
- Make sure that all operators of the mast climbing work platform have proper operator training from an authorized source, with documentation of said training available while operating the equipment.
The tool allows an inspector to make sure that every inspection point is checked without fail. Such safeguards are what keep workers safe!
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