10 Tips for Aerial Lift Safety
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Aerial lifts are essential for accessing elevated, hard-to-reach areas, so they play critical roles in many construction projects. Since working at heights involves a fall risk, proper training is necessary in the operation of this equipment, as is strict adherence to safety recommendations. While OSHA mandates various safety guidelines, we have also outlined 10 other handy tips for safely using a boom lift.
Aerial Lift Safety Tips
- Perform equipment inspections: The first step in ensuring boom lift safety is making sure all lift equipment is functioning correctly. Many workplace accidents result from faulty equipment. Taking the steps needed to review all aspects of the machine thoroughly goes a long way in maintaining a safe work environment.
- Require proper training for all operators: Operators must follow the safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer and receive the most up-to-date OSHA certifications. Safety starts with education.
- Wear the necessary protective equipment: By using protective gear like harnesses, boots, glasses and helmets, operators can minimize or eliminate most accidents. It’s also essential to secure long hair and all loose clothing.
- Adhere to weight and reach limits: Weight and reach limits are calculated by the equipment manufacturer to avoid any potential mishaps, particularly tip-overs. Operators should also consider tools and other materials being lifted in ensuring they work within safety limits.
- Survey the work area: Check the job site for any potential hazards like power lines, uneven terrain or other obstacles. Be sure to stay aware of the weather forecast and account for any anticipated winds or precipitation.
- Maintain a clear base and circumference: Ensuring the area directly around the lift is clear protects other workers from tools or materials that could fall from the platform area.
- Move the lift correctly: Manufacturers’ guidelines provide the proper movement protocols for their lifts. You should follow these recommendations carefully to prevent accidents, and never move the lift while extending the platform.
- Utilize all equipment safety features: In addition to the basics like backup signals and horns, operators should utilize other safety features such as outriggers, wheel chocks and brakes to add an extra layer of stability to the machine, especially on inclines.
- Respect platform edges: The guardrails of the bucket or platform are there specifically to ensure operator safety. Do not climb over the guardrails or lean on platform edges.
- Using a spotter: Whenever an operator has a potential blind spot during maneuvering, use a spotter to prevent unnecessary collisions.
Contact RAKA to Learn More
Following the above boom lift safety tips will help you protect your employees and equipment and maintain an excellent safety rating. At RAKA , we provide our customers with meticulously maintained rental equipment and guidance on how to use it safely and efficiently. Contact us today to see how we can assist you with your aerial and boom lift rental needs.