Responding to changes in OSHA regulations, while aiming to increase safety within the work truck industry, Omaha Standard Palfinger (OSP) has introduced a new personnel basket designed for Palfinger service cranes (PSC). The Palfinger personnel basket is a modern and advanced aerial lift solution developed especially for installation, maintenance and service work. OSP recognized the need for this product development following a change in OSHA regulations, which outlines that work must be performed out of a personnel basket as soon as the job is 3 ft. (.9 m) or more above the ground. The outcome is a light-weight, safe and user-friendly solution that expands the range of jobs that can be completed with a PSC, or PAL Pro package.
Until the user is ready to work, the basket is completely stowed in a compact storage box that can be mounted on any work truck body — as long as it is accessible from the top. On a PAL pro mechanics truck it can be mounted right underneath the crane where it is not utilizing valuable cargo space. When the personnel basket is needed to complete a job, it becomes work-ready in less than 10 minutes. The quick set up time is possible due to the triple lock docking mechanism — called the quick connect — which attaches the basket to the crane boom tip. Developed by the engineering team at OSP to ensure maximum safety, the Quick Connect does not interfere with regular crane operation and can be permanently mounted onto the boom tip.
Due to the advanced high strength steel design, it was possible to reduce the self-weight of the personnel basket to less than 280 lbs. (127 kg). This allows for installation onto a 6,000 lb. (2,721 kg) service crane on a class 4 truck. Additionally, users can count on a smooth and level ride within the personnel basket because of the hydraulic dampening/locking system that stabilizes the platform while it is in motion and locks the basket into place once a working position has been reached.
For more information, call 800/279-2201 or visit www.palfinger.com.
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