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Personal lifts offer workers safer alternative to ladders

Facilities managers in Maryland looking to reduce accidents related to ladders see many benefits in personal lift devices. These machines raise and lower a worker who stands inside a railed platform. The design provides workers with a stable platform and 360-degree mobility while at the top.

Some models on the market are even portable. They are easily broken down and moved from location to location. Because employees can quickly see and feel the benefits of working from a secure platform, they report satisfaction with personal lifts and want to use them. While on the platform, they can safely work with both hands, and the lift gives them better access to areas than ladders, which are a well known workplace hazard.

Ladders also trigger more safety rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A minimum of two workers must attend the use of a ladder in the workplace. A lift, however, introduces the acceptability of one-worker operation, allowing employers more flexibility with staffing. The versatile applications of personal lifts include maintenance of heating and cooling systems and stage building in a theater.

The improved utility and safety provided by lifts allow managers to support workplace safety more effectively. Although many organizations maintain good safety standards, workplace accidents remain a possibility despite all precautions. A worker who is injured on the job may be eligible to file a claim for benefits under the employer's workers' compensation coverage. In some places, however, an employee may not have access to information about benefits and how to apply for them. An attorney who has experience with these matters can often be of assistance in this regard.

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