Maintenance and repair work is a rewarding job. Additionally, it is  an important part of sustaining a productive business. Particularly in  factories and other industrial facilities, broken equipment means that  production lines may grind to a halt.

Stopped or delayed production could mean a loss of revenue.

Sometimes failed equipment doesn’t halt production completely. But it  can affect safety and security in the case of lighting and  closed-circuit television (CCTV) and surveillance cameras used in  premises monitoring. It is important to get these systems back up and  running as soon as possible.

While making repairs to pole lighting and pole-mounted CCTV cameras,  networking components, sirens and other equipment must be done quickly,  there is another consideration. The repairs must be done safely as well.  Protecting workers’ lives and health demands that you implement and use  safe work practices.

Traditional methods are potentially unsafe

Three of the most common means of reaching elevated lighting and  equipment are scaffolds, elevated working platforms (EWP), and ladders.  All of these methods have the potential to put workers — and often  others — at risk.

For example, EWPs seem like a relatively safe solution. However, the  risk of swinging the platform into electrical wiring or even the side of  a building exists. If workers are not properly harnessed to the  platform, over-reaching to grasp the damaged equipment could result in a  disastrous fall.

People on the ground are also at jeopardy. Any time there is moving  equipment, traffic control is vital to keeping people and vehicles safe  from danger. In fact, to be properly conducted, any repairs using an  elevated work platform require a minimum of three people:

  • The worker on the platform
  • The platform tractor driver
  • The person conducting traffic control

Scaffolding is not much better. For one thing, it must be constructed  at the worksite, which can be dangerous. Climbing up and working from  the scaffolding puts workers at risk from falls. A minimum of two people  must be present for scaffold work, both for setting it up and for  monitoring worker activity.

Ladders are probably the most common method used when getting repairs  done quickly is important. However, in many ways this is the most  dangerous method. People tend to get lax with setting them up and with  using them properly. Many workers have fallen and been injured or even  killed by improper ladder set up, or by overreaching and losing their  balance.

There has got to be a better way to protect workers repairing pole  lighting and other pole-mounted equipment. One that can not only allow  repairs to be done efficiently, but safely as well.

A safer way to repair pole-mounted devices

Rather than climbing up to the defective light, camera, or other  device, lowering the fixture to the worker would be a safer option. The  worker keeps both feet firmly planted on a stable surface.

Not only would the repair technician be able to work on the fixture  safely, but because he or she wouldn’t have to worry about falling, the  technician could thoroughly diagnose the problem and make a more  effective repair.

For heavier fixtures, an added benefit is realized. The worker would  not have to balance or carry a heavy, awkward fixture while trying to  navigate up and down a ladder or scaffold. Tools and repair components  would be easily within reach.

A simple, cost-effective solution would be to install a joint that  swivels downward, lowering the light fixture or other pole-mounted  equipment to the workers comfortable working level. Work, repairs, or  replacement of the fixture could be accomplished safely, with the worker  able to use both hands to repair and not worry about losing their grip  on the ladder or other climbing device.

Along with increased worker safety, there is another benefit as well.  Since one person can lower the pole into position, there is no need for  a second or third worker to steady the ladder, monitor the scaffold, or  control the traffic around an EWP.

That sound like a great idea if you are installing the pole and  accompanying fixtures or equipment for the first time. In Greenfield  installations, that is certainly a design consideration.

However, if you are working with preexisting Brownfield poles, you  might believe that the solution, no matter how attractive, is beyond  your reach.

Actually, there are conversion kits that permit retrofitting existing poles with the swiveling joint. To retrofit the existing poles, two people will be required to complete the installation.

But once it is done, you may never need to use more than one worker  to complete the repairs, upgrades, or maintenance of pole-mounted  lights, CCTV cameras, warning sirens and horns, or networking receivers.

Your workers are able to make more efficient and faster repairs,  saving you time and money. But the most important benefit is the job can  be done safely by eliminating the risk of falling.

In the end … everyone wins.

Find out what the Maxis™ pole conversion system can do for your maintenance workers’ safety.

The Swivelpole™ lowering pole solution is  recognised globally for providing simple, fast and affordable access to light fixtures and equipment. The innovative access solutions eliminate the risk of working at heights, through the controlled lowering of light fixtures and equipment to a safe and comfortable working position.

Maxis™ is the next generation lowering pole solution for safely accessing light fixtures and equipment.