Using portable lifts instead of ladders in the workplace

| Oct 14, 2015 | Workplace Injuries |

For Louisiana workers, there are many risks that contribute to accidents when it comes to working in high places, including unstable ladders. To reduce some of these risks, some employers are using portable lifts to provide an alternative way for employees to safely work in high places.

The director of environmental health at safety at a Florida college discussed why he prefers a particular portable lift called the LiftPod. This mechanism has a working height of up to 14 feet. Additionally, the lift is portable and weighs less than 140 pounds, allowing employees to transport the lift between buildings and wherever it is needed. Employees are encased in a small cage that allows them to have a 360-degree range of motion. The lift offers another advantage – an attachable work tray eliminates the need for a second employee.

Employees seem to like these portable lifts as they allow them to work quickly and without the fear of falling from a ladder. The lift gets to its full height in less than 30 seconds and allows workers to use both of their hands without having to balance precariously on a ladder.

While there are employers who take ladder safety very seriously, there are others who do not provide safe work equipment or the proper training. Regardless of precautions, workplace accidents will continue to happen, and an employee who is injured in one will often have to miss work while incurring high medical expenses. Such injured employees may want to meet with an attorney to determine whether they are eligible to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits that could help defray some of those financial losses.