Specific Measures to Promote the Development of China's Aerial Work Platform Industry

- Mar 25, 2019-

At present, the aerial work platform industry is still in its growing stage in China, with huge development space and broad prospects. However, in the current economic situation, the existing problems and challenges in the development of the industry cannot be ignored. Only by the joint efforts of many people can the healthy development of the industry be promoted. The specific measures are as follows:

To speed up the technological upgrading of products. Aerial work platform is a high-risk product. In terms of safety and reliability, domestic enterprises should learn from the requirements and specific practices from some advanced countries and regions, such as the European Union, and step up research and development efforts. In this way, not only can the quality of products be really upgraded, but also technical barriers in international trade can be avoided. Specifically, domestic enterprises should start with conducting the research and analysis about the gap between domestic and foreign products, focusing on the maximum height specification, chassis ability to adapt to harsh environment, intelligent control and application of IOT technology.

To speed up the promulgation of laws and regulations. European and American countries have mature and strict safety management systems for aerial work, and the costs and legal risks of illegal aerial work are very high. Many countries outside Europe and the United States, such as Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Malaysia, South Korea and other labor organizations have also established corresponding systems. Comparatively speaking, the corresponding domestic policies and regulations are not matched, the safety management of aerial work is not standardized, the implementation is not strict, and the handling cost of aerial fall accidents is relatively low. In particular, the weak legal awareness and high one-time investment cost have caused the market capacity of the aerial work platform industry to fall far short of expectations.

To change safety concepts and usage habits. According to incomplete statistics, the number of casualties caused by falling accidents in China every year is staggering, and cases of nonstandard aerial work occur from time to time. If a basket is additionally installed on the crane, personnel working at high altitude will be sent to work at high altitude. There is also the installation of a rack on the forklift, with overhead workers standing at the top of the rack and using the lift function of the forklift to send personnel to high altitude. What's more, in the steel structure construction site, the high-altitude workers climb from the upright post of the steel structure to the high altitude for operation without any insurance measures. As for the use of herringbone ladders, simple scaffolding, etc. for aerial work, it is even more common.

Production enterprises of aerial work platforms have the responsibility to bring the concept of safety to construction personnel and provide safe and cost-effective intrinsically safe professional equipment for the society. Government administrative departments should regard the safety of aerial work as public safety and change people's safety concepts and usage habits by establishing necessary norms. The construction organization unit should learn advanced safety management experience, put people first, and avoid all kinds of unsafe operations.

Explore new business models. At present, the leasing market for aerial work platforms in China is still in the initial stage, mainly because users purchase the equipment themselves and the utilization rate of equipment is relatively low, which means that resources have not been fully applied and brought into play. Compared with procurement, leasing aerial work platform can directly reduce the use cost, effectively ensure construction safety and improve work efficiency. Many successful cases show that as long as there is an aerial work platform in a construction site, this product will soon be popularized and applied in the construction site.

In addition, for some large-scale construction projects, only one enterprise or several enterprises cannot provide comprehensive support to users in terms of equipment, technology and capital. If there is a backbone enterprise that organizes and leads the industry to provide overall solutions for engineering construction projects in terms of scheme design, equipment selection, technical support personnel, etc., it will not only enable better resource allocation, faster project construction and safer engineering process, but also enable product development to be closest to reality and enable industry enterprises to obtain the best economic benefits. Of course, this is still the imagination of a new business model, which requires people of insight in the industry to explore and practice together.