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'Intelligent secondary guarding' innovation introduced

Published 12th November, 2015 by Neil Nixon

'Intelligent secondary guarding' innovation introduced

Nationwide Platforms has developed and introduced a secondary guarding system designed to prevent a trapping or crushing incident before a collision can occur. SkySiren PCS (Pre-Crush Sensing) represents a major step forward in powered access safety. It automatically stops a mobile elevating working platform (MEWP) boom before the operator comes into collision with an object that could lead to a trap or crush incident. According to the company, the system is the first in the UK to offer a double protection barrier against trapping and crushing incidents, creating a new level of guarding, which its designers have called 'intelligent secondary guarding'.

SkySiren PCS combines Nationwide Platforms' SkySiren secondary guarding device with a new system called Pre-Crush Sensing, which uses ultrasound sensors to detect objects that present a trapping or crushing hazard for the operator. As well as preventing trap and crush collisions before they can happen, the system has other key benefits. It warns operators about potential hazards, so they are more alert in high risk areas. Trapping and crushing incidents remain one of the major causes of serious injuries and fatalities involving MEWPs.

Nationwide Platforms responded to industry concerns with the launch of the original SkySiren in 2011. Its pressure sensor bar, located across the MEWP controls, stops the machine if an operator's body is pushed against it during a potential entrapment incident. Following a three-year development programme, BlueSky Solutions, part of Lavendon Group, is now adding a new level of protection with SkySiren PCS.

Mark Keily, quality, health, safety, and environment director at Nationwide Platforms, said: "This is the first UK-manufactured intelligent secondary guarding device available for boom-type MEWPS.

SkySiren PCS is unique in that it provides two levels of protection. The PCS system is designed to prevent a trapping and crushing incident happening in the first place. SkySiren then provides a proven safety back-up. The introduction of SkySiren PCS, with its double protection innovation, reflects Nationwide Platforms' leadership in developing new technologies that deliver the best health and safety protection for people working at height."

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