Aerial Lift Safety over Water

These boomsupported personnel platforms and bucket trucks (i.e., cherry pickers) may cause worker injuries or deaths. Boom failure, tip-over, falls and ejection may occur if the equipment is not properly used. Employers must take measures to ensure a safe work environment by providing:
• Safe and adequately maintained equipment
• Proper supervision and training
• Fall protection
• Prompt rescue in the event of a fall

Safe Work Practices

• Always tie-off.
• Wear a body harness with a lanyard attached to an adequate anchorage point.
• Never move the lift with workers elevated.
• Train operators to safely operate equipment.
• Maintain and operate equipment in accord with the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Ensure that equipment controls are properly marked.
• Never override safety devices. Overriding may lead to accidental or inadvertent movement of the basket or lift.
• When a lift is on a barge, be aware of the list, trim and lash down points.
• Place stops to prevent driving off when a lift is near open edges and capable of movement.
• Know the swing radius to ensure that the aerial lift will not hit nearby structures as it moves.
• When elevated, never get between structures and the lift. MOVEMENT COULD CRUSH THE WORKER.
To prevent tip-overs, it is important to:
• set brakes
• use wheel chocks
• check tire pressure
• extend outriggers
• ensure lift is level (front/back/sides)
• never operate in high winds
• never operate under power lines

National Safety Compliance produced an excellent Aerial & Scissor Lift Safety training program to help companies comply with osha regulations.

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