Mobile platforms are pieces of equipment that are subject to technical supervision and require a licence to operate. Operators of this type of equipment must have appropriate training in terms of knowledge and skills, including occupational health and safety.

The operation of mobile platforms is an activity that requires special caution - the operator must pay attention both to his own safety and the safety of other people and property. Failure to observe the operating rules is a frequent cause of accidents at work.

Among the most common work accidents involving mobile platforms are:

  • falls from the height of the work surface
  • electric shocks
  • impacts due to improper handling of materials
  • impacts on other structures, equipment, buildings
  • trapping by mechanisms in motion

The most common causes of accidents when operating mobile platforms include the following:

  • working on unsuitable terrain - muddy and uneven terrain without adequate stabilisation
  • the machine is not levelled or is not properly levelled - this applies to work on uneven ground without the use of stabilising supports
  • overloading of the equipment - each platform has a maximum load capacity and this must not be exceeded
  • working at an inadequate distance from risk factors - this mainly concerns power lines, trenches, buildings, trees
  • Non-compliance with the manufacturer's instructions for use of the equipment - the employee should read the information in the instructions
  • hazardous atmospheric factors - working in gusty winds, storms, frost
  • the working height of the equipment does not comply with health and safety regulations - sometimes workers use ladders or scaffolding for this purpose
  • failure to comply with health and safety rules for work at height - including lack of appropriate personal protective equipment
  • inadequate technical condition of the equipment and defects

At a glance:

  • Examination
  • Types of mobile platforms and their design
  • HDS mobile cranes - description, types, components
  • Operating conditions for HDS cranes and prohibited activities during work
  • Legal basis for the entitlements of the Technical Inspection Agency