Safely working at altitude: how to calculate the wind speed?

Taking an appropriate training course and wearing the correct fall protection equipment, are definitely two necessary measures. But do you also take into account the weather conditions before you go up?

Never underestimate the danger of the wind force when working with a mobile elevating work platform.

The wind force can be dangerous when working with a mobile elevating work platform

Wind is one of the most underestimated risks when working with a mobile elevating work platform. Wind greatly affects the stability of the mobile elevating work platform. That is why you should always measure the wind speed before you enter the platform. Each mobile elevating work platform is equipped with a warning label, stating up to what wind speed the machine can be used.  This can be measured perfectly by means of a wind gauge or anemometer.

Calculate the wind speed with a wind gauge

In addition to the standard wind gauges, wind gauges with a smartphone app are now also very popular. 
Some types not only measure the wind speed and direction, but also display the humidity, temperature and air pressure on your smartphone.  Most models have an app available for both iOS and Android. The app is connected to the wind gauge via Bluetooth.


Get started in just a few steps:

  1. Select your favourite wind gauge for smartphones.
  2. Download the free app in the Google Play store or App Store.
  3. Open the app and select your initial settings.
  4. Connect the wind gauge (via Bluetooth or plug-in - depending on the model).
  5. Start measuring.

By using wind gauges with a smartphone app, you can quickly and easily determine the correct wind speed.

Increased safety

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Annelies, TVH blogger