The new version of the EN1004 standard has consequences for the manufacturer, but there are also changes for the user of these products. The most important change concerns the distances between platform levels. The distance from the ground to the first platform used to be 4.60m but will be changed to 3.40m maximum. The maximum distance between the platforms levels will be 2.25m, instead of 4.20m.
Furthermore, the new standard will apply to all mobile access & working towers, including towers that are below 2.50m platform height. Therefore, the use of stabilisers and guardrails will now also be applicable for the smaller mobile access & working towers, like for example folding towers.
The soon to be published EN1004-2 standard (currently EN1298) will describe what needs to be included in the assembly- and user instructions. It will also describes the allowed assembly methods. It is not allowed to stand on the platform before guardrails are present. That means that the 3T (through the trapdoor) assembly method is the minimum safety level.
Are you already using the Safe-Quick® advanced guardrail system, then there won’t change a lot except for adding an extra platform level in certain tower configurations to reduce the distance between ground and the first platform level to 3.40m or less.
Are you using mobile access & access towers, assembled by using horizontal and diagonal braces, then the new standard will have a bigger effect. Consult your designated account manager to discuss the possible effect and how to convert your tower to meet the newest standard.
Are you using Altrex folding towers, then you can easily get your tower up-to-date by adding a single horizontal (guardrail) brace and a set of four mini stabilisers.
Do you have plans to buy new mobile access and / or folding towers then you can be assured that Altrex mobile access & working tower configurations will be equipped with the necessary upgrades to meet the newest standard.
Please note that you may continue to use any existing Altrex mobile access & working towers that have been purchased before the new standard becomes effective as long as they comply with the EN 1004:2004 and are still in suitable condition. For your customers safety, Altrex recommends to upgrade their mobile access tower to the latest EN 1004 standard as working safely and responsibly at heights is always your and our standard.
Want to know more about all the changes or would you like advice on how to easily upgrade your Altrex mobile access & working tower to comply with the newest standard, than please do not hesitate to contact us as we are there to help you taking the next step in terms of safety.
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