The priority at any work site should be safety, and this is no different when you have lighting tower hire equipment on site. Modern lighting towers are designed to be easy to deploy and use safely. However, the lighting tower should come with an operators manual, and this should be thoroughly understood before the equipment is used. In this article, we will look at some key safety measures that should be taken when you use a portable lighting tower.
General Safety Measures
Lighting tower designers and engineers compile data to develop general safety measures for their equipment. This includes important information, such as safety rules, installation guidelines, operator instructions, and safety words and symbols. All of these subjects are covered in detail in the accompanying manual, but we will take a look at some of the most important aspects here.
- A portable lighting tower should never be used by an operator that is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or prescribed medicines that could affect their ability to operate equipment safely.
- If the lighting tower requires fuel, the engine must be stopped first and then refueling can be carried out.
- Appropriate protective clothing, such as safety gloves, ear plugs, hard hats, dust masks, and safety goggles, should be worn at all times as required by the site rules.
- A lighting tower should never be used indoors because the engine will exhaust toxic fumes.
- The equipment should be grounded when possible to improve electrical safety for the operator and others in the immediate area.
- If you’re using metal halide lamps, it’s important to use adequate shielding apparatus.
- If you need to work on the engine, the battery terminals should always be disconnected first to avoid a battery hazard.
- Open flames should never be lit near the battery.
- The exhaust manifold and exhaust port can become hot after prolonged use so gloves should always be worn when touching any components on the lighting tower.
Following these nine safety rules will allow the operator to install a portable lighting tower and use it safely. The safety rules listed here are comprehensive, but they are not a replacement for reading the manual which contains more detailed information.
This may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that there are common safety words typically used in the manual to highlight important information, such as danger, caution, warning, and notice. Pay attention to these words as they appear as they highlight aspects of operating a lighting tower that could result in an injury if ignored.
We’ve become used to seeing safety symbols as a quick way to impart a warning. The safety symbol used most often in lighting towers is a triangle framing an exclamation point in the centre space. Whenever an operator sees this safety symbol, extra attention should be paid to the relevant section of the manual.
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