Automotive manufacturing companies have to address their working at height safety issues and ensure a method of safe working.

General Motors had to implement a multi-purpose scaffolding work platform system that must meet OSHA and GM’s strict safety regulations.

Traditional scaffolding is too heavy and cumbersome, while aluminium towers do not always meet the plant safety rules and does not fit where access is needed. GM Safety Engineers need to ensure that any new product of this type, being used at the plant must be fit for purpose and safe.

The safety issue was the most important and LOBO Systems had to prove that when assembled correctly no one was exposed to the risk of a fall.

LOBO Systems was able to provide a method of assembly which met this criteria and was delivered through a custom developed training program.

During the demonstration and proof of concept process LOBO Systems was able to prove that by attaching a handrail from a lower level, before it was technically needed, a safe system could be built.

This procedure was successful with other international automotive manufactures namely Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Mercedes Benz.

This unique versatility of the LOBO System brings a safe working procedure to GM’s Safety Policy, which not only meets OSHA & HSE requirements, but also meets GM’s tough safety policy. The use of a body harness in this instance could now also be revisited and under certain conditions relaxed completely.

The LOBO System also brings cost reduction, enhanced efficiency & performance as maintenance crews can build their own platforms at any time if the day or night.

The LOBO Systems unique and patented clamp allows the system to be assembled with out the use of tools into any size or shape. This allows GM maintenance crews to attach a handrail at any point on the system. Therefore personnel are not exposed to the risk of a fall during assembly.