Extensible and Articulating Boom Lifts are useful pieces of equipment with specialized features, uses, and also unique potential hazards. Learn more about the specific dangers of working with aerial lifts.
Extensible boom lifts are very helpful when you need to access heights without the expense of a crane and without the set-up required to use a scaffold.
Articulating boom lifts are especially useful when needing to access difficult to reach areas and interior locations with high ceilings and odd angles
OSHA Construction Standard 1926.453(b)(2)(ii) Only authorized persons [designated by the employer] shall operate an aerial lift.
OSHA General Industry Standard 1910.67(c)(2)(ii) Only trained persons shall operate an aerial lift.
Only trained and authorized operators can use aerial lifts! Employees must receive training in the safe operation of the lifts so they will understand and avoid unsafe conditions that could lead to injuries.
AVOID TIP-OVER HAZARDS!
OSHA Construction Standard 1926.453(b)(2)(iv) and OSHA General Industry Standard 1910.67(c)(2)(iv) Employees shall always stand firmly on the floor of the basket, and shall not sit or climb on the edge of the basket or use planks, ladders, or other devices for a work position.
Common hazards with aerial lifts include:
Always look for overhead power lines and electricity lines feeding adjacent buildings and structures. Danger signs should be posted warning aerial lift operators of potential hazards.
OSHA General Industry Standard 1910.333(c)(3) If work is to be performed near overhead lines, the lines shall be deenergized and grounded, or other protective measures shall be provided before work is started. If the lines are to be deenergized, arrangements shall be made with the person or organization that operates or controls the electric circuits involved to deenergize and ground them. If protective measures, such as guarding, isolating, or insulating, are provided, these precautions shall prevent employees from contacting such lines directly with any part of their body or indirectly through conductive materials, tools, or equipment.
Remember these important safety precautions when working with aerial lifts:
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