Safety Tip of the Week – Aerial Lift Safety

 Aerial Lift Safety

Job sites are not always at ground level. Sometimes workers need to use aerial platforms. All work has hazards and risks involved in it, but when you work at an elevated height, extra training and attention to safety procedures is a necessity.

In order to work safely with aerial platforms, get training on the operating procedures for your job site and task. Get specialized training on each aerial lift model you will use. Know the risks and hazards involved with aerial work, including your own risk of falling and the hazard of dropping objects on co- workers below.



Safe Work Practices:

  • Make sure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment.

  • Maintain and operate elevating work platforms according to 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.

  • Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet from the nearest energized overhead lines.

  • Always treat power lines, 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.

When you gamble with safety you bet your life! 

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