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    Work Platform for loader?

    Has anyone built a work platform for their loader?
    We have used our Artillian forks several times as a ladder/scaffold. Right now, we're just using a pallet for the platform. However, I would rather have something better with the following features:

    - Removable safety railings.
    - shelf for temporary tool/parts storage
    - maybe a step for getting a bit higher than the H120 can lift.
    - stretching the idea, maybe a fold up ladder to quickly get up and down.

    It is much nicer to work from this platform than from a ladder.

    Something like the "Big Tool Rack" advertised here might be pretty close to what I'm looking for if it could be used with the loader forks. However, it is pretty expensive.

    Since I don't have any welding equipment, I was thinking of building it out of wood. Perhaps using a pallet as the foundation.
    What should I use for railing? I could use galvanized pipe, or perhaps build the rails out of wood as well?
    Any ideas?

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    Maybe something like an Ovis Front end Platform?
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    I have built several. I'm a Journeyman Millwright certified in OSHA regulations. Understanding this is for home use and you don't need to follow OSHA standards. SAFETY first. One thing you want to keep in mind, railings should be permanately mounted and never removed , NEVER use a ladder in the safety cage, never stand on the rails. Be sure to secure the safety cage to the fork mast with a chain to prevent it from sliding off. I would never suggest anyone to work off a open platform, one wrong step and over the side you go , I realize your not very far off the ground but sometimes it doesn't make a difference you could break a leg, arm or even your back,
    Do what you want. Just saying you should always think safely not what makes some thing easier and not safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimR View Post
    Maybe something like an Ovis Front end Platform?
    Jim,

    Thanks for the link. I had not heard of this product.
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    Looks handy but personally I would be too chicken to get on something like that. I have looked at various forklift man baskets. They have higher rails and can be secured to the forks. The only remaining problem is I am the only person I trust to operate the tractor while lifting me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmarks View Post
    Jim,

    Thanks for the link. I had not heard of this product.
    No prob! I haven't used one so I can't vouch for them but Id run across their site and thought it was an interesting setup. If you've got some basic welding skills (or know someone that does!) and some carpentry skills, you could put something very similar together over the course of a weekend.
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    My neighbor uses one of these water tank casings. Not sure how safe it is but am planning to see if I can find one that will work for me. I believe in being safe cuz I'm a chicken when it comes to heights. :-)
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    I new an electrician that fell off a ladder about 5 ft. He was a young guy too. He was in the hospital for several months. OSHA now requires anyone working more than 6 ft off the ground to be tied off. The reason is serious injury can occur even at lower hieghts. I violate all the time but I do it almost every day. Even I would never do what the guy in the photo is doing. Thats asking for trouble. The op question is a good one. There is also a rule about how much wider than the carrige you may go. It like 2-3 ft no more.

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    Nothing fancy, but this pallet box I built gets used for everything possible, including a work platform.

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    Carvel,

    That is the basic design I had in mind as well. Anything you would add/Change if you were to build it again?




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