Aerial Lifts

Safety Tips

Aerial lifts include boom-supported aerial platforms, such as cherry pickers or bucket trucks. The major causes of fatalities are falls, electrocutions, and collapses or tip overs.

Safe Work Practices

■ Ensure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment.

* Maintain and operate elevating work platforms in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

■ Never override hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices.

* Never move the equipment with workers in an elevated platform unless this is permitted by the manufacturer.

* Do not allow workers to position themselves between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket. Movement of the lift could crush the worker(s).

Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet, or 3 meters, away from the nearest overhead lines.

■ Always treat powerlines, wires and other conductors as energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated.

* Use a body harness or restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket to prevent the worker(s) from being ejected or pulled from the basket,

* Set the brakes, and use wheel chocks when on an incline.

* Use outriggers, if provided.

* Do not exceed the load limits of the equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker, tools, and materials.

Few more complete information: Occupational Safety and Health Adm inif (ration U.S. Department of Labor www.osha.gou (800) 321-OSHA


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