In Washington State, stringent regulations are in place to prioritize the safety of construction workers. One pivotal legislation, WAC 296-880-30015, underscores the imperative for construction companies to furnish secure elevated work platforms for their workforce:
WAC 296-880-30015 – Elevating Work Platforms
- This comprehensive section is applicable to various types of elevating work platforms within the purview of chapter 296-869 WAC, Elevating Work Platforms:
a) Aerial lifts;
b) Manually propelled elevating work platforms featuring platforms unable to be fully positioned beyond the base;
c) Self-propelled elevating work platforms with platforms incapable of complete displacement beyond the base;
d) Boom-supported elevating work platforms encompassing platforms that can be wholly positioned beyond the base.
- Specific to vehicle-mounted aerial devices, this subsection mandates that, before elevating the platform, employers must ensure that all individuals on the platform are equipped with a full-body harness, securing a lanyard attached either to:
a) The manufacturer’s recommended attachment point; or
b) The boom or platform in cases where the manufacturer does not specify an attachment point. Under no circumstances should an employee fasten a lanyard to an adjacent pole, structure, or equipment.
GLP Attorneys: Advocates for Construction Worker Safety
If you’ve sustained an injury during construction work, GLP Attorneys stands ready to assist with your injury claim. Our experienced construction injury attorneys can pursue responsible companies for neglecting the provision of secure elevated work platforms. Call us today at 1-800-273-5005 or reach out via our contact form here.