July 6: MOL Issues Advisory on Elevating Work Platforms

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The MOL issued an advisory on elevating work platforms, which can be a safer alternative than working from a ladder or scaffolding if the equipment is used properly. Workers must receive training on how to use this equipment correctly and safely. Prior to operating the equipment, proper work planning should be carried out to identify potential safety risks, such as manholes or utility covers, uneven or unstable ground, overhead obstructions and electrical conductors. And the operator must be aware of people below or in the immediate vicinity of the equipment when operating it.