Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using an Aerial Lift

Category: Equipment and Solutions

JLG Aerial Lift at Glass Windows

Although aerial equipment is designed to prioritize the safety of operators, it can still put workers at risk — especially if they aren’t trained properly. If you’re wondering how to reduce aerial lift mistakes, one of the best ways to be proactive about safety is understanding the potential accidents that can occur. If you want to make your work site a safer place for everyone, it’s important to educate yourself and your workers about what behaviors to avoid.

Some of the most common aerial lift mistakes are outlined below.

1. Ignoring Potential Hazards

It’s easier to imagine the best-case scenarios instead of considering the potential hazards in your operator’s work environment. Make it a point to look for areas where mistakes can occur.

Common hazards related to aerial lift accidents include:

  • Objects falling from high areas.
  • Electric shock.
  • Entanglement.
  • Low-hanging ductwork.

By viewing your workplace with a critical eye, you can prepare your workers for potential dangers and give them the tools they need to handle any situation that they could encounter. You can also make changes to your work site if you need to, such as moving heavier objects to lower shelves where they will pose less of a risk if they fall.

2. Failing to Provide Proper Training

Training is essential when it comes to operating any piece of machinery. Formal training can protect your operators and other team members from common aerial lift mistakes. With proper training, your workers can learn how to handle workplace hazards and aerial lift accessories such as hoists and power cables. You should provide initial training as well as refresher courses every so often to emphasize safety and keep everyone on the same page.

3. Disregarding Equipment Capacities

Ensure that your workers fully understand the limits of the equipment they will be operating. One of the most common aerial lift mistakes is factoring in the weight of the workers on the lift but not the tools. Be sure that the total weight on the platform is within capacity at all times.

4. Underestimating Reach Requirements

To make any project successful, you need to provide your workers with the correct type of equipment. Consider the different types of aerial lifts available. Some provide more reach, while others offer enhanced maneuverability. If you provide your workers with an aerial lift that doesn’t offer a sufficient amount of reach for a job, they will be at greater risk of injury.

If you have multiple pieces of material handling equipment, be sure to educate your team on choosing the right one for the task at hand.

Trust RAKA for Effective Training Services

RAKA offers high-quality training programs taught by certified professionals. During these sessions, your workers will learn how to properly follow equipment guidelines and reduce aerial lift mistakes that cause injuries.

This foundational knowledge will create a safer environment for the workers operating the aerial lifts and everyone else on site. To prioritize safety and job training, contact us online or give us a call at 888-404-7252.


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