Bulletin No: 025 4 April 2019
TO ALL UFUA MEMBERS
SAFETY ISSUE IDENTIFIED
Bronto Ladder Platform Cage Anchors
Recently, the UFU Victoria Branch and Metropolitan Fire Brigade identified a safety anomaly with the personal anchor points currently fitted to the MFB’s Bronto Ladder Platform cages.
The three personal anchor points fitted to the Bronto Ladder Platform cages are only rated to 200kg (2kN) for attaching harnesses. The Australian Standard requirements identify that each anchor point is required to be rated to 15kN for one person and 21kN for two persons.
The relevant Standards are as follows:
- AS/NZS 1418.10: 2011 Cranes, Hoist and Winches – Safe use. Page 47, Clause 2.5.5
- AS 2550.10: 2006 Cranes, Hoist and Winches – Safe use. Page 28, Clause 5.15 refers to AS/NZS 1891.4: 2009 Industrial fall-arrest systems. Page 24, Clause 3.1.1, Table 3.1
Following discussions between the Union and employer, the following interim safety solutions were issued while the Union and employer, in conjunction with the manufacturer, finalise a solution:
- Operators shall only use the ladder platform as a water tower when engaged in training and firefighting activities
- Operators can only crew the cage in the event of an emergency requiring a ‘life rescue’
Bronto Ladder Platforms are common appliances used across a number of Australian fire services. The issues identified in Victoria may affect or relate to Bronto Ladder Platforms, or other aerial appliances, used by fire services across Australia.
Teleconferences will be scheduled shortly for the UFUA National Executive, Branch OH&S Coordinators and National OH&S Coordinator Neil Mangelsdorf to discuss how to progress this matter on a national level.
Authorised by National Secretary Peter Marshall