How do you deal with noise pollution when using an aerial platform to work at height?

What is noise pollution?

Noise has emerged as a leading environmental nuisance in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, and the public complaints about excessive noise more and more often. Irritating noise can come from all kinds of sources: air conditioning, loud music, traffic, nearby construction…

How to measure noise pollution?

50 or 55 dBA represent daytime levels below which a majority of the adult population will be protected from becoming moderately annoyed, respectively. The WHO defines noise above 65 decibels (dB) as noise pollution. To be precise, noise can becomes harmful when it exceeds 75 decibels (dB) and is dangerous above 120 dB. Traffic noise accounts for most polluting noise in cities. For example, a car horn produces 90 dB and a bus produces 100 dB.

What are the causes of noise pollution when working at heights?

When working at heights, the use of an aerial platform on a vehicle is one of the sources of noise. The maximum noise level measured during the use of the MEWP is 90dB.
Most of the noise in coming from the diesel engine of the vehicle. If necessary, do not hesitate to wear suitable ear defenders.

How do you prevent noise pollution when using an aerial platform to work at height?

– Good maintenance
First, a machine that is not properly maintained can generate more noise than usual. In order to avoid this, make sure your aerial platform is properly serviced as many times in the year as your local regulations require.
– Do not overload the basket
Overloading the MEWP is dangerous and can also cause an increase of noise when using the lift. The lifting capacity of the MEWP corresponds to the service load for which it was designed and includes the weight of the operators and tools needed for the specified activities. Always ensure that you respect the loading capacity of the lift you are using. To know more, check our article: What are safety precautions when using boom lifts?
– Choose the right lift
In order to reduce noise pollution and pollutant emissions, Klubb has designed a range of eco-responsible platforms on vehicles which are accessible through CPL.

100% electric platform on vehicle

These platforms do not release pollutants into the atmosphere when working at height. They are also almost silent, which is a real plus for operators working at night and residents.
The 100% electric models are perfect for working in the city, especially in pedestrian areas or on industrial sites.

Electric lifting platforms on vehicles: the hybrid option

If the previous option is not suitable for your work at height, you can still equip yourself with an electrically operated aerial work platform on a diesel vehicle.
Of course, the vehicle remains noisy during trips, but you can work at height with the vehicle’s engine off. This makes it possible to limit noise pollution.
This option applies to all types of vehicle: Vans, light trucks or heavy trucks.

Is there a checklist before using an aerial lift platform?

Using aerial work platforms is one of the safest ways to perform work at height. To ensure this use is always carried out under excellent conditions, it is essential to check your equipment through maintenance ranging from pre-use daily checks to regular in-depth examinations required by law, to major inspections. To detect possible problems upstream, we can only advise you to use a checklist before using your aerial lift platform. We recommend the one that IPAF, the international federation for equipment dedicated to work at height, makes available to you.  We also provide a basic daily check form in the manual in each of our units.
This checklist will allow you to organise your verification session and helps you make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Checks can be organised into two broad categories :

  1. Visual checks

This examination must be carried out with the greatest attention because its purpose is to detect any deterioration on the main elements that make up the aerial work platform.

  • Wheels/tyres : If the surface of the tire is level with the wear indicator, or the indicator is no longer visible, it is a sign that your tyres are worn out.
  • Engine/power source : all fluids are essential for the proper functioning of a lifting platform. Carefully check the levels and verify that there are no external leaks.
  • Hydraulics : the inspection of fluids is also essential for the proper functioning of the vehicle/ platform.
  • Hoses and cables : checking the condition of the cables is essential no cuts and wear by friction must be detected.
  • Outriggers, stabilisers (if the machine has any) : check the condition and proper functioning of the equipment.
  • Chassis, boom and scissor pack : inspect the general condition of the chassis. Corrosion and cracks in the welds are important check points.
  • Basket or cage : check in particular that the safety devices are present in good condition and clean (Harness anchor points ; Steps for access ; guard rails)
  • Decals and signage : check that the device labels are present and visible.
    We supply a QR code directly onto our aerial platforms it provide videos describing all procedure you need to know to work in safe conditions (all the emergency operation, the control panel use…). Those processes will be useful if you haven’t used the platform for a short time.

Do not hesitate to report any fault or failure to your Management or a trained specialist. If you continue to use access equipment when there are faults, it could be very unsafe.

  1. Functional checks

This part aims to test the use of ground controls as well as platform controls.

The tests make sure the correct function of the device, if the movements are carried out normally, smoothly and at the speeds defined by Klubb, depending on the position of the platform. This test consists of verifying the translation system, the controls, the safety devices (load limiter, tilt warning device, emergency stop), the brakes, the steering, the lighting indications of warning…

This checklist before using an aerial lift platform is to be used in accordance with the prerogatives of the manufacturer which can be found in the user manual delivered with the vehicle. Take care to keep it well and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any problem with your platform. We also recommend you to read our article on the 10 safety precautions to know before using a boom liftYou will then know all about the precautions to take before starting your work at height.

 What are safety precautions when using boom lifts?

A boom lift is a safety machine allowing work at height, commonly referred to a Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP). The Klubb Group and CPL designs a large selection of models in order to fit with the requirements of many different sectors such as telecom, CCTV or street lighting installation and maintenance. These allow rapid interventions in places that may be difficult to access. Designed to safely accommodate one or more operators in their basket, the aerial platforms can replace traditional scaffolding or ladders and are a real time saver.

Despite their ease of use, it is necessary to follow several rules.
Here are the 10 safety precautions when using a boom lift which are important to know and respect.
Often carelessness, lack of vigilance or inadequate training can lead to accidents. It is therefore important to understand how the machine works and what to look for.

  1. Train and verify the skills of its operators

The interventions must be carried out by people who have received training in the handling of aerial work platforms. Even if a safe driving aptitude certificate is not mandatory it is strongly recommended to have it before working at height.

  1. Inspect the machine

It is essential to walk around the machine in order to detect any possible faults. Do not hesitate to use the checklist made available by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF).
When vehicle leasing, it is also important to check that all documents for the vehicle and the platform are in your possession. These include, MOT, Loler and Service records.

  1. Make sure the work area is secure

It is possible that the working environment presents more risks than the platform, pay attention to tree branches, electric cables …. As you work outside, be especially vigilant to the power of the wind. Read Klubb’s article about it: When is it too windy to use a boom lift ?

  1. Take care during work on public roads

It is essential to plan your work on public roads. As soon as you work in an urban environment, it is always important to ensure your safety but also be vigilant of others! Be visible! Manage traffic!.. are only examples, follow the IPAF advice.

  1. Do not use a basket for handling or lifting too much weight

Aerial work platforms are only intended for lifting people and tools at height. They are not designed as handling equipment. They should therefore not be used as cranes to move objects or materials.

  1. Respect the payload of your equipment

For each type of boom lifts, there is a limited number of operators who can be present in the basket and therefore a maximum payload. This payload is indicated by the manufacturer in the manual and on the safety labels in the basket.

  1. Respect your equipment’s built-in safety devices

The safety devices integrated into your boom lift have been designed for your safety. The override functions should only be used in an emergency and can be found in the user manual or on the QR code videos.

  1. Protect your whole body during work at height

We recommend that you wear full PPE, personal protective equipment, to protect yourself when operating or working near a MEWP. In general, the whole body can and should be protected during work at height in an aerial platform.

  1. Your platform model must be suitable for the work you are carrying out

Your equipment should match with the work to be done, max. working height / max. lateral outreach / capacity / rotation…. For example if you need to work outside of the basket this is not the equipment you need. It can be overwhelming when you initially look at using an access platform for your work at height. Consult our team of specialists first. They will guide you through the options and suggest the best model for your w0rk.

  1. Do not ignore any of the above safety instructions

All the safety precautions must be respected to ensure the upmost safety. Whatever the immediacy of your project, the most important thing is the safety!

Due to the heights that they can reach, accidents involving aerial work platforms can be very serious. Keep in mind that a good compliance with safety rules significantly prevents the risk of accidents.

We also advise you to stay up to date with the manufacturer’s safety information and user manuals. You will find many tips and recommendations in this FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section.

 Are you able to build a Renault Master aerial platform up to the latest standards?

Renault and CPL: a long term partnership based on successful conversions like the Renault Master aerial platform.

Our Aerial platforms on a Renault Master are fully Type Approved and we are an approved converter.

A strong collaboration between CPL and Renault is the result of many years of collaboration. The Klubb Group company has been Renault bodybuilder certified since the launch of this program by the French car manufacturer. The Klubb/CPL conversions such as the Renault Master aerial platform that come with this certification are guaranteed to be updated with all the latest innovations.

This long-term partnership has already proven its worth in the past. To date more than 10,000 aerial platform to work at height on a Renault Master have been produced and distributed around the world in 20 Years. It’s not about to stop, in particular with the launch of the new Klubb/CPL range known as «light». This range includes Renault Master aerial platform to work at height. These models are specially designed for sectors such as Telecoms, Public lighting, Utilities and Rental.

Among the models in this range, the KL32 on a Renault master is already considered as a European best-seller in the telecommunications sector. Its optimisation allows an additional payload of 140kg while maintaining the best technical performance on the market. This aerial lift mounted on a Master has a telescopic arm which reaches a working height of 12.30m and a horizontal offset of 6.90m, without outriggers. In addition, the KL32 Renault Master aerial platform benefits from a large loading capacity. This can transformed the vehicle into a real mobile workshop if needed. It is then possible to work indoors, even during field interventions. Furthermore, your equipment is kept safely stored in your locked van.

The KL26 on a cutaway Renault Master, another model in the « light » range is ideal for professionals requiring a minimum footprint. Its telescopic arm allowing you to reach up to 11.80m high and 6.50m offset. It has been lightened to gain up to 160kg of payload. This model is very practical for all companies which need to transport equipment in order to intervene efficiently on sites. Even in areas that are difficult for parking or have restricted workspace.

To reduce your carbon footprint, it is possible to add the option of the Green Pack, available on each Klubb/ CPL model. This system allows the boom to work with the engine switched off. This option is ideal for all companies and local authorities engaged in an eco-responsible approach but do not wish to compromise on technical performance.

During the product design, Klubb, CPL and Renault worked together in order to design van mounts that are fully compliant with the new WLTP standard. This new European norm, Worldwide harmonized Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), allows  measurement of both fuel consumption and CO2 emitted by the vehicle. The CO2 emissions measured in WLTP are 24% to 31% higher than with the previous standard.

To meet international needs Klubb Group also design upper structure kits. The successful work with Renault is just one example. We are also working closely with many other car manufacturers such as Isuzu, Iveco, Ford, Toyota, Volkswagen and others…

 When is it too windy to use an aerial platform to work at height?

The aerial platforms produced by Klubb Group are intended for outdoor use. The use of this type of vehicle in strong winds or in gusty winds is regulated. In general, more than 45km/h is too windy to use our boom lift when the arm is expanded. However, some machines have an enhanced resistance and allow you to work at higher wind speeds. You will find this information in your product user manual and on the basket safety labels. Be careful not to forget to indicate these safety rules to your teams. Using safety devices properly enables operators to work productively and safely, not only for themselves but also for other.

It is the Beaufort scale that defines the speed and power of the winds. Invented in 1805 by Francis Beaufort, a British admiral, it goes from 0 to 12. The 0 corresponds to the absence of wind (less than 1 km/h), the 12 to a storm (more than 118 km/h). In between, there are different types of wind as breeze, fresh wind, gale.

However, the wind speed can be controlled quickly and precisely by using an anemometer. This meteorology instrument will instantly tell you the wind speed and pressure. It is an essential instrument used as the wind is one of the parameters which determine the evolution of the weather and the meteorological forecast. To analyze if it’s too windy to use our boom lifts, you will find the day prediction on many websites. You will find all the content you need to follow meteorological and climate live news and can follow up to 15 prediction days.

 Why wear a harness and lanyard in an aerial platform?

Klubb Group aerial work platforms are designed to ensure the safety of operators during work at height operations. However, it is important to specify that wearing a harness and lanyard is strongly recommended and depends on the current legislation in your country.

The most important thing is to prevent aerial platform operators falling from the boom lift.

To respect safety, wear a harness and lanyard when operating a MEWP. In the same way we recommend that you wear all PPE, personal protective equipment, to protect yourself. In general, the whole body can and should be protected during work at height in an aerial platform. We strongly encourage you to educate yourself and to thoroughly read the user’s Manual before using your aerial platform. Operators must be adequately trained, informed and have sufficient practice in using the machine safely.

To help you understand the equipment, we provide videos explaining all procedures you need to know to work in safe conditions (all the emergency operations, the control panel use…). To simplify the access to those videos we provide a QR code directly onto our aerial platforms, so you can rewatch them when you most need to.

According to the standards currently in force concerning protection against accidents, when on the platform the operator must:

– Wear a helmet

– Wear and secure the specific lanyard belt to the ring attached to the basket:

Maximum authorised length of lanyard: 1 m

– The operator on the ground must also wear a helmet.

– Wear approved clothing protecting against accidents (non-slip safety shoes, jacket with reflective strips and gloves).

As IPAF, the international federation for equipment dedicated to work at height, reminds us, good compliance with safety rules significantly prevents the risk of falls. We invite you to consult their safety campaigns.