10.01.2020

Telehandler and scissor combo

Snapped in what looks like the UK, a team working at height with a scissor lift and telehandler, but not using them as intended.

For some reason the crew has lifted a stowed 26ft scissor lift using a compact telehandler in order to reach a light at the top of the wall at a height of around five metres.

While perhaps not the riskiest form of working at height we have ever seen, one has to wonder why they involved the telehandler at all? Unless the ground was sloping by more than a couple of degrees locking out the scissor lift tilt alarm, preventing the platform from lifting? Or perhaps it was done for greater speed between lights or work?

Fact is this is hardly an example of good or safe working practice, and yet at least five people are involved with the work and have 'gone along' with a method which could have resulted in serious injury or death if the telehandler operator had inadvertently operated a function unintentionally or in the wrong direction.

Definitely one for our Death Wish series.

Have a safe weekend.

Comments

Nothing to heavy
Improvise
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Overcome
These boy is all need their heads banging together,black hat superpowers involved here

Jan 13, 2020

Fate whispers
Pricework leads to many opportunities to "make it happen." Being photographed and openly published is the first loss for such blatant disregard of safety. Is the lift locked on the forks? Is this a method statement practice? Probably not, but as the carded schemes recognise the overall outlook of this industry employs, "can do" people, thy will be done, and it is no surprise. However, in the last few months, I know of one man who fell to his death due to a scaffold ladder not secured, and a digger that whacked a mate's head off. Selfishness somewhere, leads to prosecutions of people whose fault is probably wasn't really. Site agent etc Bad practices. Bad.

Jan 11, 2020