Aerial Lift Safety
3% of all construction fatalities are caused by accidents involving aerial lifts.
Aerial lifts are vehicle-mounted, boom-supported aerial platforms, such as bucket trucks, used to access utility lines and other aboveground job sites.
The major causes of fatalities while using aerial lifts are falls, electrocutions, and collapses or tip overs.
These practices can help you stay safe while working on aerial lifts.
- Make sure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly trained.
- Operate from a level base, never on uneven ground.
- Maintain and operate elevating equipment according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Ensure that access gates or openings are closed and latched.
- Stand firmly on the floor of the lift platform or bucket.
- Use a body harness or restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket.
- Never position yourself between overhead hazards, such as beams, and the rails of the basket. Movement of the lift could crush you.
- Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet away 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.
- 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.
Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.