The most difficult part of the job is anything at height, especially lighting, is achieving safe access to the lamps to undertake the inspections.
Step ladders are ruled out because workers are not allowed above hand rail height and there is usually nowhere to rig a harness. The only access choices left, that may avoid a possible fatal accident, are scaffolding, elevated work platforms (EWPs) or cherry pickers.
These options can involve up to 3 people, JSA’s & work permits, personal gas detectors and equipment hire, all of which are costly and time consuming. This can limit inspectors to around 4–5 inspections a day.
“With the introduction of the Swivelpole on many of my client sites, nowadays I don’t have get to the light fixture…I now simply bring the light fixture to me. The Swivelpole product has also allowed me to inspect up to 12 -14 light fixtures per day without risk of injury. It has increased my performance by 300%, making it more economical for the client, while being safer for me…a win-win situation for all”.
On tall thin columns, vessels with circular walkways or where intrusive obstructions exist, the Swivelpole has an added advantage. The U bolt mounting system allows the operator to position the pole to avoid these obstructions.
Excerpt from a testimonial provided by Nolan Westbrook, who was involved in the construction, installation, commissioning & contracting side of the electrical instrumentation industry for more than 30 years.