Viewing platforms are all about productivity. They allow you to keep an eye on the work below without disrupting production – and they provide you with a safe alternative to walking amongst the machinery. While they are meant to help give you a bird’s eye view of the area below, they can also be dangerous if used improperly. It is imperative that you teach your staff the essentials of safety with your viewing platforms before you put them into commission.
What are Viewing Platforms Used For?
Viewing platforms can be used for observation, repair, etc. They are often found in industrial settings or warehouses where ground floor space is limited. Management can use viewing platforms to keep an eye on production, visitors can see production from above without disrupting below, and technicians can perform repairs over taller pieces of equipment without requiring a ladder.
How to Stay Safe on a Viewing Platform
It does not matter what you are using your viewing platform for, it is important to stay safe. When using the platform, make sure to:
- Never lean against the railing. While these are built to be stable, they are not meant to carry excess weight or be constantly leaned against.
- Still wear a hard hat. Even if you are out of production, wearing a hard hat is just a good safety practice.
- Not attempt to reach for something out of your grasp. Do not use a viewing platform as a way to reach into machinery or retrieve something above.
- Stand on the outside of the railing. Attempting to walk along the outside railing of the viewing platform puts you at risk. You could easily slip and fall from the platform – and fall several feet depending on how high it is.
Have a Quality Viewing Platform Installed
Viewing platform safety comes down to how they were designed and installed. Mezzanines by Design use high quality, sturdy steel materials to construct our viewing platforms. Contact us today for a quote or get started on your platform design.