HAULOTTE Group’s ACTIV’Shield Bar Entrapment Prevention System is being introduced to Australia by United Forklift and Access Solutions, the company said.

United, an authorised Australian distributor of Haulotte equipment, said the unique system affirms United and Haulotte’s commitment to leadership in working at height safety, while also advancing industry standards for protection against overhead crushing.

ACTIV’Shield Bar incorporates an alert that warns the operator to potential entrapment situations and features a Safety Gap which prevents full entrapment in such situations.

United spokesman Andrew Macdonald said this allows the operator to remove himself out of danger.

ACTIV’Shield Bar is available on all new Haulotte booms, with a retro kit that can be fitted to older Haulotte booms from 2008 onwards.

It is widely applicable to industries such as construction, civil engineering, maintenance and installation engineering, local government and municipal works.

The company said the boom uses include installation, inspection and maintenance tasks as well as general access to elevated areas and machinery.

“While incorporating the unique and outstanding safety features of ACTIV’Shield Bar, Haulotte have maintained operator visibility of controls, which further extends safety, ergonomics and productivity,” Mr Macdonald said.

The system has been designed to preserve the machine’s working envelope and to maintain easy access to controls, which means no change in working practice for the operator.

Following activation of the system’s safety alert, reverse/lowering movements are permitted, so as to allow the possibly panicked operator to get out of trouble without making the situation worse, United said.

After being triggered, the system is easy to reset and reactivate from the basket and there is no need to wait for a person on the ground to bring the unit down Mr Macdonald said.

Introduction of the system on new and retrofitted booms is an initiative of United Forklift and Access Solutions, which offers an extensive range and choice of new and used forklift, scissor lift and boom lift for sales and hire.