Extensible boom lifts are very helpful when you need to access heights without the expense of a crane or don't want the headache of the setup required with scaffolding.
Articulating boom lifts are especially useful when needing to access difficult to reach areas and interior locations with high ceilings and odd angles.
...but with specialized features and uses also come unique potential hazards that can be deadly if lift operators are not trained and authorized to use the equipment.
OSHA Standard 1926.453(b)(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.
In this news article published by the National Post, one man was killed and another was injured when their lift tipped over. You can see the devastating scene in the photo below. Click the photo to read the full article.
In order to avoid tip over hazards during lift operation, operators should heed the following and employers should ensure that only trained and authorized personnel are operating the lifts.
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