JLG Announces Winner in LiftPod Giveaway

JLG Industries last week announced that Byrd Reed, rescue captain at a Texas oil refinery, is the grand prize winner of a LiftPod portable aerial work platform in its LiftPod giveaway.

The sweepstakes was held to raise awareness about safety in the workplace, particularly for maintenance and facility management jobs performed at heights. Reed submitted his sweepstakes entry with the goal of acquiring the LiftPod as a ladder replacement for a variety of maintenance and construction jobs that would give employees better stability and access.

“Employee safety is a core value of ours, and the LiftPod will be an excellent new resource to help improve risk management and worker efficiency throughout our refinery,” Reed said. “Anytime you’re working at heights, specifically at six feet and higher, reducing the risk of falls is a top priority. The LiftPod will help do just that.”

Ladders, scaffolding and fall protection routinely appear on OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited standards, with all three making the 2009 list. The LiftPod provides a stable and secure environment for maintenance, repair and renovation jobs done up to 14 feet off the ground.

“We are pleased to award this LiftPod and look forward to continue helping other workers improve safety and productivity with this unique product,” said Chris Mellott, JLG Industries vice-president, sales and market development.

The LiftPod, which won Gold in the 2009 International Design Excellence Awards and was the 2008 grand winner of RER’s Innovative Product Award, features a stable and enclosed platform that allows users to move about freely and work with both hands in a 360-degree range of motion. An attachable work tray holds tools and equipment for added convenience. The LiftPod is operated using a cordless 18-volt drill or optional power pack.

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Headquartered in McConnellsburg, Pa., JLG Industries is a leading manufacturer and marketer of access equipment. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes brands such as JLG aerial work platforms; JLG, SkyTrak and Lull telehandlers; and an array of complementary accessories that increase the versatility and efficiency of these products. JLG is an Oshkosh Corp. company.

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