Aerial lifts, often known as aerial work platforms, are types of heavy machinery used to hoist people. Aerial lifts include extendable boom platforms, aerial ladders, articulating boom platforms, and a combination of these technologies, according to the OHSA. While aerial lifts have many applications on the building site, their adaptability may also be used in other sectors. We’ll go through everything an aerial lift can accomplish for your job site or sector, from sporting events to agricultural labor.
Fall Prevention Checklist
- Ensure that access gates or openings are closed.
- Stand firmly on the floor of the bucket or lift platform.
- Do not climb on or lean over guardrails or handrails.
- Do not use planks, ladders, or other devices as a working position.
- Use a body harness or a restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or bucket.
- Do not belt-off to adjacent structures or poles while in the bucket.
Operation / Traveling / Loading
- Do not exceed the load-capacity limits. Take the combined weight of the worker(s), tools and materials into account when calculating the load.
- Do not use the aerial lift as a crane.
- Do not carry objects larger than the platform.
- Do not drive with the lift platform raised (unless the manufacturer’s instructions allow this).
- Do not operate lower level controls unless permission is obtained from the worker(s) in the lift (except in emergencies).
- Do not exceed vertical or horizontal reach limits.
- Do not operate an aerial lift in high winds above those recommended by the manufacturer.
- Do not override hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices.