Reviewing rescue options
To add to the protection of the occupants and ground personnel, the area around scissor or boom lift should be barricaded off or a “spotter” should be used to warn all individuals in the area of the hazards
- Platform auxiliary controls: Attempt to use if the primary platform controls stop responding
- Platform installed self-rescue system: These systems are typically after-market devices that can be mounted in the platform to allow the operator to self-rescue by attaching the system to the D-ring on their harness, exiting the platform and using the device to lower themselves to the ground. Keep in mind extensive training is required with these systems.
- Personal self-rescue system: Use in the event of a fall or ejection from the platform. These after-market devices can be mounted to the operator’s full-body harness. Again, extensive training is required with this device.
- Suspension trauma safety straps: These lightweight systems mount onto the side straps of the operator’s harness and can be quickly used in the event of a fall or ejection. The straps contained in a case allow the operator to stand up in their harness to relieve the pressure being applied to arteries and veins until they can be rescued.