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Lifting device could greatly increase workplace safety

Tennessee HVAC workers may have heard about a piece of equipment that could ultimately take the place of ladders at the workplace and thus potentially decrease the amount of injuries. One such apparatus, known as the JLG LiftPod personal portable lift, serves as both a lift and a secure platform and can be easily managed by employees because it weights just under 140 lbs.

The portable lift is especially suitable for large companies requiring frequent maintenance. According to the director of environmental health and safety at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, the device is an affordable and safer alternative to ladders because it allows maintenance workers to quickly and safely reach heights up to 14 feet or more, while allowing them room to stand while they do their work.

Another beneficial feature of the lift is that it can be safely operated by only one employee. Additionally, because it is comes with an enclosed work platform and detachable work tray, it allows workers a 360-degree range of motion, giving them the freedom to perform their job conveniently and securely. It can also be effortlessly broken down and carried from place to place. In fact, whenever employees wish to use the lift, it takes less than a minute to assemble.

Ladders are often the cause of workplace accidents because of their instability. People who have been injured while using ladders on the job may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits that can include medical care as well as a percentage of wages lost while unable to work. Many injured workers obtain the assistance of an attorney when preparing and filing the required claim.

Source: Contracting Business, "Lifting Platform Enhances Safety of Elevated Work", Oct. 9, 2015

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