This power outage in your area is brought to you by Tropical Storm Julio, extreme wildfires, or the polar vortex. The truth is, it doesn’t really matter what caused the power outage, just so long as it gets fixed quick.
Electric companies have the unfortunate responsibility to fix what nature has wrought. They tower above us tinkering with electrical poles in what are known as “man baskets”.
What Is a Man Basket?
Man baskets are essentially cages that provide elevation to personnel. Man baskets can be attached to various types of equipment such as forklifts and truck lifts.
They were constructed so that an employee could perform maintenance type work, such as fixing electrical wiring, uninhibited by the need to hold onto something like a ladder. They are a hands-free alternative to ladders and scaffolding.
Electric companies especially benefit from man baskets because of the nature of the work. Working with a handful of small wires and a potentially live electrical current requires steady hands and stable footing. A small shock or loss of footing would send anyone off a ladder. Man baskets provide protective measures, which brings us to our next question.
Are Man Baskets Safe?
The short answer, is yes. Man baskets are very safe. First, unlike ladders, you have free use of your hands so that you can perform any necessary work. A ladder forces the individual to either use only one hand or rely solely on their balance to keep them atop the slender ledge. The man basket provides the individual with an entire platform to stand on.
All of our man baskets are constructed with heavy duty carbon steel and a diamond plated floor for traction. They also include high handrails, toe guards, a high safety back screen, and a dual chain gate. The high back screen not only prevents the worker from falling backwards, but the mesh also allows visual contact with the operator on the ground. For added safety, the man baskets are also fitted with a lanyard hook and safety chain.
For more information about man baskets, contact Medlin Ramps online or give us a call at 877-4-MEDLIN.