The recently launched “Click It!” safety campaign that features stickers encouraging all users of boom type platforms to wear a full body harness with a short lanyard attached to a suitable anchor point has found acceptance with North American manufacturers and rental companies alike.
Sponsored by Aerial Work Platform Training (AWPT), the campaign has been adopted by major rental companies including NES Rentals and Sunbelt Rentals and manufacturers including Skyjack. All companies have agreed to place the “Click It!” stickers on all boom-type platforms they rent, sell or manufacture.
“We are supporting this program to help communicate the need and reasons for using the proper harness and lanyard on boom lifts to prevent falls or ejections from these machines. While the use of personal fall protection is required on boom lifts there are still many workers who do not know this,” said Jeff Stachowiak, national safety director for Sunbelt Rentals.
“If placing ‘Click It!’ stickers on our boom lifts can prevent even one injury that could have been avoided, our efforts will have been worth it,” added Chris Bowers, NES Rentals’ senior vice president.
Stickers and AWPT’s Technical Guidance Note AWPT H1, which provides recommendations for the proper use of harnesses and lanyards on different types of aerial platforms, can be ordered online at www.awpt.org.
CLICK IT! SAFETY CAMPAIGN PROVING SUCCESSFUL IN U.S.
October 31, 2007