BIS Industrial has released a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) for underground environments.
Historically a man basket could be attached to any LHD with a QDS (Quick Detach System) and transported within the mine.
The safety of the occupants within the basket was reliant on the skill of the LHD driver, along with the maintenance protocols needed for the Lift Arm and QDS attachment.
NSW DPI requires that any QDS Man Basket to be used must be certified to the LHD lift arm assembly prior to use.
If the QDS Basket is detached and another QDS attachment is used on the same LHD, there are no tell-tale signs of what fatigue or stress has been placed on the lift arm before the same LHD is used again to pick up the QDS Man-Basket
The latest MEWP developed by BIS and KTT Engineering & Setco Australia is a Solid Pinned Man Basket that is permanently fixed to a LHD with full control of the platform from within the basket.
This gives the option of driving the MEWP to an area within a mine, isolating the LHD and then controlling the machine from inside the basket.
This eliminates the need for a third person remaining inside the LHD cabin while others work from the basket.
The baskets feature non slip floors, full railing protection, total isolation between the basket and LHD as well as fire suppression and dead man switches.
The MEWP has been developed for the safe application of people within “man-baskets” in underground coal mines, and will go in to Integra Coal’s Hunter Valley mines in August.