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Why is there so much concern about height safety?


People have been working at height for tens of thousands of years. The cave paintings in France from around 15000 BC could not have been painted from the ground. The ladder concept is probably older than the wheel, and still today ladders remain the most common tool for work at height. So why is there an OHS push to stop people working from ladders?

The physics is pretty simple - the human body is just not built to take impacts from even a low height fall without significant injury. And the injuries are not just sprains and bruises - think lumbar, skull fracture and even death from a fall off a stepladder.


The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimated ladder related injuries cost 11 billion dollars a year in the USA! A study at the Royal Adelaide Hospital found that falls from work at height were one of the most common reasons patients were seen at the trauma centre, at times more common than road accident trauma.

Work on ladders is a hazardous practice and OHS Authorities in most developed countries have regulations discouraging use of ladders as a work platform.
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When ladders are used - the user should have 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times - so limiting productivity to what can be achieved with one hand. Hence ladders have both safety and productivity limitations. That's why more and more sites are simply banning the use of ladders. Relying on ladder users to always keep their centre of gravity in the right place (between the rungs), keep 3 points of contact, and lash the ladder to its support etc etc is simply no longer a risk many people want to take.

The problem is what to use in place of ladders?

What about cordless drill technology? Work at ceiling height would be so much easier and more secure from a powered lift that avoids climbing all together. Being secure in a platform with rails would allow the work to be done with 2 hands - far more convenient and secure. And wouldn't it be great if the unit could be carried up stairs and transported in the back of a ute? And roll easily around site on wheels unlike ladders, which need to be carried….

Now after many years R&D along these lines, a whole new class of portable powered lift is available from JLG, the world leader in powered access equipment. The LIFTPOD is truly portable yet produces 70% greater stability than a similar sized platform ladder. The LIFTPOD also allows the worker to use both hands to work, with productivity further enhanced by having tools and materials on an adjacent waist height work tray. It is powered by a cordless drill style power pack, which will lift and lower 20 times on a fully charged battery. With the fast charger and 2 batteries supplied, you can work continuously at up to a reach of 4.3 meters. So with LIFTPOD - the time has come to "let go of the ladder".


The LIFTPOD FS80 won the WorkCover NSW Safe Work Award in 2006 for the "Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue".

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