Aldi and A B Equipment felt it was time to conduct a full safety audit for this operational area. A B Equipment identified two main issues which were: 1) the single manual boom gates no longer complied with current Australian Standards, and 2) the Control Station was causing safety concerns with the operation of the electric pallet jack, operators could trip over or become jammed against the barrier.
A B Equipment provided a solution to Aldi which involved modifying the existing deck space to allow the store to safely receive stock and allow the operator to safely turn the stock around on the deck by increasing the width of the deck by extending the safety fence out to the outer edges of the scissor lift and then A B Equipment supplied and installed an electronic boom gate, complete with mid rail, thus increasing the overall safety of the scissor lift where the existing boom gate being manual could be left in the raised position when the scissor lift was being engaged to raise.
1) A new double arm electrically operated boom gate was installed, complying with current Australian Standards.
2) A new wider hand railing allowing electric pallet jack full turning circle reducing the risk of operator entrapment dramatically.
3) New external hand railing protecting staff members entering and exiting the building from possible crush or fall hazard from moving scissor lift.
4) Finally, a new safety yellow exclusion zone painted at the end of the scissor lift.