JCB is a finalist at the Grands Prix CNESST 2023
This recognition stems from the innovation of one of our colleagues Mr. Serge Blais, namely a locking system for mini-scaffolding. The idea emerged in 2019 following an internal health and safety competition, during which Serge identified a crucial problem on construction sites: insufficient locking of mini-scaffolding, commonly known as "baker" scaffolding. It is not uncommon to find that the wheels of these mini-scaffolds are not properly locked when in use, resulting in unsafe movement for workers at the top of the structure. Since the scaffolding structure is poorly stabilized, it can be the source of dangerous falls.
To remedy this problem, which is the source of numerous derogations on our worksites, our colleague Serge has designed a mechanism that automatically locks the wheels as soon as a worker climbs onto the scaffolding. Metal rods activate a mechanism that locks the wheels when a person climbs on, thanks to the weight applied to the springs. This makes it impossible for workers to move the mini-scaffold during use, making the operation much safer.
This concept is currently in the process of being patented. Who knows, it could be used on our construction sites in the future.
The whole JCB team is very proud of Serge's efforts to be part of the solution.
To learn more about the winners and finalists in the Innovation category of the CNESST 2023 Grands Prix, click here.