EDD stands for Emergency Descent Device, a safety device that is fitted to the side of the elevating work platform. EDD’s are sometimes also known as Controlled Descent Devices and should be fitted to the side of any EWP.
This course covers the use of elevating work platform escape procedures, including rescuing a person from a raised EWP. In the event that a work platform malfunctions and workers are stuck in an elevated position, an EDD course is essential.
In the event of an emergency, such as the EWP becoming entangled in power lines or losing power and unable to be lowered, workers need to know how to safely exit the EWP and lower themselves to the ground safely.
By attaching an EDD to your harness, you can climb over the basket of the EWP and lower yourself down to the ground. Learning how to safely escape a jammed EWP is a skill that you’ll hopefully never need to put into practice, but it’s essential knowledge for anyone working with scissor lifts, cherry pickers, boom lifts and other similar equipment.