Safe Working Platforms!
EN1004 Mobile Access Towers are supplied with the right quantity of purpose-designed platforms, which can be securely fitted and have safe trapdoor access. They are not made from old scaffold boards or pieces of plywood.
In an EN1004 Mobile Access Tower you will be supplied with sufficient platforms to install them at 2m intervals during assembly and dismantling. This ensures that you can assemble and dismantle the tower from a safe and secure position on a platform with guardrails. You should NEVER stand on the frames of a tower when assembling and dismantling, as you are at risk of slipping and falling!
Stabilisers Are Not Optional
EN1004 Mobile Access Towers have stabilisers supplied as part of the tower and not offered as accessories. Mobile Access Towers must be fitted with stabilisers in line with the manufacturer’s instructions when used freestanding.
You must never climb up the outside of a tower or lean a ladder against it to gain access to the platform. If you do then the tower will become very unstable and will overturn.
EN1004 towers have built in access equipment with safe distances between the rungs and slip resistant climbing surfaces to ensure that you can ascend and descend from the platform safely.
Safe Guardrails: Never Work on a Platform without Guardrails
Guardrails must be installed at the correct height and dimension around the whole of the platform. Remember that falls from even a few metres can result in death and often result in serious injury. Guardrails fitted to an EN1004 Mobile Access Tower meet the minimum height requirements required by the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Can be Assembled and Dismantled Safely
You should never stand on an unprotected platform when building or dismantling the tower!
There are two recognised safe systems of assembly and dismantling mobile access towers. The key rule in both is that you must NEVER stand on an unprotected, unguarded platform
The two SAFE systems are called: 3T (Through the Trap) and AGR (Advance Guardrail). EN1004 Mobile Access Towers are specifically designed so that they can be built using one of the two methods.
With 3T, the user is always seated in a safe working position within a platform trapdoor opening when installing or removing the guardrails. AGR systems allow the user to install the guardrails from the platform below in advance so they never stand on an unprotected platform. ALWAYS assemble and dismantle the Mobile Access Tower from a safe and secure position on a platform with guardrails. You should NEVER stand on the frames of a Mobile Access Tower when assembling and dismantling.
Comprehensive User Instructions and Information
All EN1004 Mobile access Towers should be supplied with detailed user instructions and critical safety information specifying the use of either the 3T or AGR system of assembly and dismantling. You must follow these instructions and the safety information precisely.
Avoid Serious Injury by choosing your Mobile Access Tower carefully
Mobile Access Towers or Scaffold Towers come in many different shapes and sizes so how can you be sure that the one you use is safe?
Simple………. choose an EN1004 Mobile Access Tower!
Thanks to Kentec Training for the article.