Tom Hammel 2017-12-09 03:41:46
FOOLPROOFING FEATURES ELEVATE THESE NEW CLIMBING SOLUTIONS Whether ladders or lifts, these five leading manufacturers are ingeniously engineering traditional climbing hazards out of their newest products, delivering systems that keep workers safer than ever before. LITTLE GIANT Little Giant Ladder Systems’ innovations include the HyperLite and HyperLite SumoStance fiberglass extension ladders. “The HyperLite, in patent-pending Hi-Viz green, is the lightest Type IA and IAA fiberglass extension ladder in the world, weighing up to 40 percent less than ordinary fiberglass ladders, without sacrificing strength or stability,” states H. Arthur Wing, chairman and president of Little Giant Ladders. The HyperLite SumoStance, also in Hi-Viz green, delivers safety to working professionals by tripling the base width and by increasing side-tip stability. This new category of extension ladders works on nearly any uneven surface while still weighing less than ordinary fiberglass extension ladders. “Traditional extension ladders are a major risk for professionals and safety inspectors,” Wing observes. “The new HyperLite and HyperLite SumoStance can protect workers from common injuries related to their ladder’s weight. The HyperLite sets a new standard in ladder safety and provides a safe experience for professionals who use extension ladders, while reducing risk.” The HyperLite and HyperLite SumoStance overcome several common ladder problems. Their patent-pending Sure-Set feet allow the user to set the feet in either flat or spike positions and have them stay in place. Their Hi-Viz green color, the most easily detected color to the human eye, will help prevent catastrophic falls caused by people who walk or drive into the extension ladder. SumoStance wide-stance levelers increase side-tip stability and help prevent accidents caused by overreaching and working on uneven surfaces. Their wide rungs are comfortable and reduce foot fatigue. A side-mounted, dual-pulley system reduces the effort required to lift the fly section by 45 percent and removes a potential trip hazard caused by traditional center-pulley rope systems. WERNERCO Werner’s industry-leading climbing lineup now includes the LEANSAFE Ladder, which can safely be leaned against walls, corners, studs or a pole. Per OSHA regulations, traditional stepladders should never be leaned directly against a vertical surface because they are designed to be exclusively self-supporting. However, Werner’s new LEANSAFE Ladder introduces features that allow it to be leaned against a variety of surfaces while retaining its functionality as a traditional stepladder. “Werner is incredibly committed to safety, and that means we are willing to find solutions through product design to ensure users are protected,” says Chris Filardi, vice president of marketing for WernerCo. “We’ve seen too many times that a user will over-reach and put themselves in dangerous situations to get the job done. The new LEANSAFE Ladder is a practical and innovative way to curb common bad behaviors like leaning traditional stepladders against walls. It is both OSHA and ANSI compliant and is available in a variety of sizes ranging from four to 12 feet in height.” The LEANSAFE ladder has a Type 1A duty rating and a load capacity of up to 300 pounds. It’s constructed of seven-layer fiberglass, making it safe to use when working with electricity. Safety features include the patent-pending LEANSAFE ladder top, an exclusive new design with non-marring rubber bumper pads, a magnet for holding metal tools and bits, power drill and hand-tool holes and a cut-away pattern that leans securely on corners, poles, studs and walls. A dropped rail pivot point places the user closer to a vertical work surface and a patent-pending secure rail latch keeps the rear ladder rails locked in place while allowing for single-hand opening from the front or side of the ladder. EDGE360 bracing helps protect the rail from damage and a non-marring, curved rubber foot pad maximizes contact with the ground in both standard and leaning modes. HY-BRID LIFTS Custom Equipment engineers and manufactures the Hy-Brid Lifts brand of scissor lifts in electric self-propelled and push-around models. “Custom Equipment’s Hy-Brid Lifts self-propelled low-level scissor lifts — the HB-1030, HB-1230 and HB-1430 — give contractors lightweight, high-capacity alternatives to mast lifts and taller scissor lifts,” states Justin Kissinger, marketing manager. “Hy-Brid Lifts are compact, yet their platforms provide ample space for tools and supplies, minimizing trips up and down to reload, while low wheel loads allow users to maneuver onto delicate flooring with minimal risk of damage.” The all-purpose, heavy-duty lifts feature working heights as high as 16, 18 and 20 feet, respectively, and offer high weight capacities. The HB-1030 can hold as much as 750 pounds, while the HB-1230 has a platform capacity of 550 pounds and the HB-1430 holds 670 pounds. The lifts can accommodate two people at a time and provide a substantial working area. Platforms on the HB-1030 and HB-1430 are 25 inches wide by 60 inches long and the HB-1230 platform is 25 inches wide by 53 inches long. Each model features a 250-pound capacity, 30-inch-long slide-out extension for even greater working space. Custom Equipment designed the lifts with tool holders that allow users to easily, efficiently and safely transport materials from the ground to the ceiling. Each self-propelled model also includes a tool tray, which keeps tools at an easy-to-reach ergonomic height, eliminating the need to bend down and pick up tools. In addition, a USB port built into the upper controls gives users the convenience to charge devices, such as phones and tablets, on the go. This combination of features enhances productivity and communication. JLG INDUSTRIES JLG considers the latest safety trends and regulatory climate when developing new products or product enhancements. JLG low-level access products help improve safety on the job, as workers are tethered to a sturdy platform enclosed by bars. “The market is looking for machines that will address environmental concerns,” begins Aaron Haynes, product marketing manager, Verticals/Low-Level Access, JLG Industries. “As an example, electric and hybrid boom lifts are environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, designed to meet customer needs while contributing to a green job site. “Select sensitive environments are driving demand for low-level access solutions. For example, hospitals and food processing locations have shown interest in products like JLG’s EcoLift because it is free of hydraulics and comes with no risk of spills. In addition, schools and office building maintenance applications have proven to be ideal environments for these relatively silent machines. Occupants of buildings are not disturbed during their use.” The EcoLift series features an innovative and patented stored power lift/lower system that provides valuable operating capabilities. This helps boost productivity and lowers total cost of ownership, as there is no battery to charge (the machine is always ready to use and the owner saves electricity). Thanks to these features, the JLG EcoLift series requires virtually no maintenance. Rental customers are beginning to more easily identify ideal applications for low-level access products, as well as how they can enhance productivity, efficiency and safety. Low-level access is becoming increasingly popular in finish work applications where ladders and scaffolding have traditionally been used. This product category also found a niche in multi-story development projects due to their light weight. Additionally, personal portable lifts — such as JLG’s LiftPod FT70 and FT140 – are ideal for residential use, such as changing light bulbs, installing ceiling fans and maintaining residential buildings at educational facilities. LOUISVILLE LADDER For more than 70 years, Louisville Ladder has pioneered industry-shaping innovations including the Cross Step 2 into 1 ladder series, the patent-pending Maxlock rung lock, the patented QuickLatch rung-lock system, the Raptor Top work tray, Raptor Boot and SHOX impact absorption system. Its latest Tripod ladder boasts updated features and a lighter presence. Designed for plumbers, electricians, general contractors, and construction crews, the Tripod ladder is the perfect complement to round out all your ladder category needs. “Users are looking for products that are safely going to help them get their job done,” says marketing coordinator Alexandra Griffin. “Louisville Ladder used that mentality when redesigning this product, making it up to 15 percent lighter to help prevent sprains and lifting injuries. The top comes in at 14 inches wide, fits through open studded walls and angles to the wall so the work can be closer to the user and prevent overreaching.” Its three-leg designs allows the ladder to maintain three points of contact, even over objects. The user doesn’t have to improperly position a ladder to get to hard to reach spots. For the first time, users get full access to the width of a Tripod ladder. The outriggers have been completely removed and allow full movement while working. “Other updated features include the Raptor top with heat transfer duty rating,” Griffin adds. “The heat transfer top is scratch- and UV-resistant and will reduce OSHA fines for missing duty rating labels. Keep a steady work flow by having all your tools within reach. Raptor boots on all three legs deliver maximum protection and durability.” With forward-thinking design and state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, Louisville Ladder delivers innovative, professional climbing products that meet and exceed the demands of modern-day job sites.
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