Ask the ‘On Begley Street’ team: High efficiency safe working platforms
Photo: Green Stock Photos
From the On Begley Street mailbox:
Q:I am very impressed with the building of an environmental home and like what you are doing. However, the photos I have seen of the frame going up show shockingly dangerous examples of working at height. California was the place where high-efficiency safe working platforms were invented, so to see the poor use of ladders with men sitting on beams is so sad, not to mention inefficient. Environmentally effiicent aerial work platforms (cherry pickers) are readily available and would cut the risk of a fall while speeding up the build — possibly saving a few days of construction and setting a good example for other contractors. — Leigh
Thank you for your interest! Input is always welcomed. While the reality is that we were no higher than being on a ladder replacing a bulb on a single-story ceiling, the camera angles can give the feeling of soaring heights. We actually were not that high off the ground. We do use various types of lift equipment — in this case, a crane did 98% of the work and the men only go on the ladder with safety harness for a few minutes to tighten the bolts. With the use of this special mechanical equipment, we were able to complete all the steel and labor seen in the pictures in just under three hours.
Although we would have liked to use a mechanical-man lift too, due to the basement and grid of foundation walls it was not possible to drive it around. So we had to use the next-safest things, ladders and harnesses.
Once we get higher up, you will start to see the work platforms for the team — but at this point, we are just in the early stages of erection and we hope you follow our progress! We think it will be exciting (and safe)!
Scott Harris, Vice President
Building Construction Group