JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telescopic material handlers, recently introduced d the innovative LiftPod portable aerial work platform.
According to Liberty Mutual’s 2009 Workplace Safety Index, falls to lower levels are the third most-disabling workplace injury in the U.S. and result in an estimated $6.2 billion in worker-compensation costs. The LiftPod, designed as a replacement for the ladder, gives users a stable, enclosed work platform so they can work freely and with both hands at a 14-foot working height.
The secure JLG LiftPod addresses an unmet need in workplaces around the world for a product that can help improve worker safety for jobs at heights,” said Randy Marzicola, JLG Industries director, channel development. “Workplace falls can have significant health, financial and morale impacts on facility managers, maintenance professionals and construction workers. Additionally, ladders, scaffolding and fall protection consistently appear among OSHA’s top 10 citations.”
A national survey conducted by JLG in 2010 queried the purchasing priorities of more than 230 facility managers and maintenance workers when evaluating new equipment. Sixty percent of respondents said safety was the most important feature when making their decisions, far ahead of productivity/efficiency, which was ranked as the most important feature by only sixteen percent of respondents.
Attendees at the National Hardware Show had the opportunity to see the lightweight and affordable LiftPod first-hand. JLG provided demonstrations of this first-of-its-kind product, which gives users a stable and enclosed platform for any number of jobs at heights.
The LiftPod can be operated using a common 18-volt cordless drill or optional power pack. It is 25 percent the weight and cost of traditional work platforms, giving workers an affordable product that can be operated, transported and assembled in less than 30 seconds by a single person. It can be stowed in the back of a pick-up truck, van or SUV for convenient site-to-site transportation. An attachable work tray keeps tools and supplies readily available while working.