Keith Clarke, right, general manager – Australia, Haulotte, receives one of the commemorative trophies from Kieren Grogan, chief engineer, EQSS
Equipment Safety Systems (EQSS), Melbourne, Australia, is celebrating the delivery of its 10,000th OverWatch™, a secondary guarding solution for scissor lifts. The device monitors the operator’s position and stops the machine if the operator becomes at risk of being crushed against the scissor lift controls.
To recognize the support of the industry in reaching this safety milestone, EQSS presented commemorative trophies to scissor lift manufacturers and rental companies at the HIRE 23 exhibition that took place in Sydney in May.
“We take comfort in knowing that 10,000 scissor lifts are now fitted with OverWatch secondary guarding,” said Ross Bowden, managing director of EQSS. “When we consider that multiple people can jump onto a scissor each day, it is a high number of workers who have been protected by OverWatch.
“Crush protection was initially introduced more than 10 years ago on boom lifts and is now the industry norm. It is so important that scissor lift operators have that same level of protection,” he said.
EQSS has received the approval of all major aerial lift manufacturers to install OverWatch, according to the company. The system was launched in 2020.