Secure Framework for Power Benches
The framework can be securely mounted on a helicopter. The power line bench will not slide during an inspection procedure. A worker can safely sit on the bench and use equipment to quickly verify the condition of power lines. The information from the inspections can be used to make decisions about an airborne repair procedure or extensive repairs that will require more workers and trucks.
The workers and equipment will be protected because there are anchor points and tie-in-rings on the platform. Seat belts can be securely attached to the anchor points. Safety harnesses can be securely attached to the tie-in-rings and used to prevent the equipment from sliding off the bench. A worker can safely sit on a bench while he or she is completing an inspection or a repair procedure. The toolbox can be conveniently positioned next to the worker on the bench.
Comfort for Workers
An ergonomic design is very important for workers and management personnel because the work environment should be designed to prevent injuries. The comfort features for the benches are used to control excessive physical stress that could cause an injury or cause a worker to become prematurely tired during an inspection procedure. The workers can safely complete procedures for longer periods of time because the design of the bench will not increase the fatigue factor.
Efficient Inspection Procedures
The inspection process for power lines is usually difficult because the power lines are attached to the top of a tower or a pole. With a helicopter bench, the workers can quickly inspect the power lines on several towers. The procedures are simple because workers can safely sit on a power line bench and conveniently use tools from a toolbox that is lashed to the bench. The counterbalance arm and weight boxes are used to stabilize the airborne procedures.
Fast Airborne Repair Procedures
Many simple repairs for power lines are very complicated because workers must drive a truck to a tower that is not near a paved road. The workers are forced to drive on very rough terrain in rural areas. The repair procedures are much faster on a helicopter bench. A worker can safely sit on a power line inspection bench and then complete a repair procedure after a problem has been detected and evaluated during an inspection.