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Bombardier, General Dynamics and Boeing. These are only a few of the most-recognized members of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. Together the association is made up over 100 different companies who specialize in aircraft, avionics, business jets, commercial helicopters, aircraft engines, flight simulation, landing gear and space systems.*

In 2017, the Canadian aerospace industry contributed close to $25 billion in GDP. It also employed over 85,000 Canadians. Whether it be manufacturing or maintenance repair operations (MRO), the aerospace sector has become a key player in the Canadian workforce.

Image courtesy of the Government of Canada.

But, the products that are manufactured and serviced in Canada aren’t the only thing on the upswing; workers in the aerospace industry are subject to a number of working-at-heights risks. Whether it be building the structure or servicing parts, working at heights is an expected part of the daily job for many employed in the sector.

For this reason, it’s vital to use a solution that can both adjust in height for each unique task as well as ensure workers’ safety with a secure platform at every level. Typically, a number of different scaffolding, mobile elevating work platforms, towers and steps must be used to accommodate these unique challenges. That’s where LOBO comes in.

Today I’m discussing how LOBO customizable work platforms can help solve the accessibility issues seen on both the manufacturing and MRO sides of the aerospace and aviation business.

The Challenge

Manufacturing: Traditionally, wooden or welded metal fixed frame systems have been used to work at heights in the aerospace industry. While this can work well for big, long-term projects, these structures cannot be adjusted to meet the changing requirements of different jobs in aircraft. When they’re not in use, these fixed frames take up tremendous amounts of space. To make matters worse, it takes a number of workers to help maneuver it to a new area of the plant when it’s time to set up for a new task.

Maintenance: Plant maintenance requires regular access to elevated areas which can often be awkward and difficult to reach. When it comes to MRO, every task is different from the last. Traditionally, aluminum frame systems have been used to support workers in doing various jobs, but these structures are inflexible, difficult to move and fail to fit into awkward areas. Many companies opt to have their scaffolding needs outsourced, but this route can be very expensive and it isn’t available 24/7.

The SolutionLOBO set up next to plane

Manufacturing: The LOBO System, utilizing its unique patented clamp, can be reconfigured and adjusted into any shape or size required and no assembly tools are required. This simple system can be assembled by anyone, as the components are modular. LOBO’s steel legs and components can be flat packed when not in use and transported easily for storage or utilization elsewhere.

Maintenance: The LOBO System can be assembled quickly, easily and safely around, under or above machinery or aircraft, by your own in-house maintenance crew. This means outsourced scaffolding labour costs can be reduced without comprising safety. Areas previously considered difficult to get to can now be accessed with ease for maintenance and cleaning purposes. In addition, it is available 24/7 and so puts you in control of what and when you schedule your maintenance tasks. Watch this quick video to see it in action:

Cost benefits

When it comes to the Canadian aerospace industry, there are three key cost-saving benefits when you use LOBO as your working-at-heights solution:

  1. LOBO systems reduce the costs associated with hiring scaffolding and constructing a custom-built access system. By reducing your reliance on outsourced scaffolding and engineering companies cost savings will be achieved easily in a 12-month period. With this quantifiable reduction in costs comes the added savings associated with reduced down-time and greater productivity from your maintenance department!
  2. LOBO can suit every job and therefore replaces the need to buy different scaffolding, mobile elevating work platforms, towers and steps for various projects. It is immediately adjustable for your next job with no staff waiting time while new fixed-frame structures are built.
  3. Improved safety means less costly injuries!

Learn more

While LOBO is a great occupational safety solution for the Canadian aerospace sector, it can be built to adjust and adapt to any working-at-heights environment. To learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions, click here.

As always, my team and I are here to help you navigate through the process of finding the right solution. We can help get you started with a free, on-site review of your working-at-heights needs and review your local provincial requirements to ensure you’re safe and compliant. Request a demo today!

Tony Guarino

Market Segment Manager - Confined Space

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