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Aerial lifts are an essential component of many construction sites. However, considering their size and scale, this type of “at height” equipment requires a dedication to safe practices. The following safety guidelines are helpful to review regardless of what type of work you’ll be doing with a lift.
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-Maintain a clear area for the base of the lift equipment. Always ensure that the lift’s base and the whole circumference of the machine remain clear of personnel. Without a doubt, this is especially important when the lift is active. A lift’s circumference can be quite large and materials can fall off the platform, risking injury to anyone standing beneath. Keeping the whole area clear serves to minimize this risk. Although it is a very rare occurrence, it’s possible for scissor or boom lifts to accidentally tip over. Keeping the space around the lift clear helps assure that no one suffers an injury if a tip over happens.
-Proper training for lift operators. Hiring personnel with the right training to operate lifts is, naturally, critical for safe practices. By maintaining relevant certifications and equipment knowledge, you’ll keep your employees safe while working at height. Testing possible new employees with hands-on tasks that demonstrate their knowledge of operating a lift is very useful. It can help identify potential safety risks before an accident takes place at a job site.
-Wear the safety harness. A fundamental but necessary safety measure is the consistent wearing of a safety harness. Also, ensuring the lanyard remains fully secure to the lift bucket. Although it might seem very unlikely that a lift operator may fall, even a mild bump can throw people off balance. In addition, even a sudden wind gust can potentially knock a lift operator off the work platform and cause injury.
Do not exceed weight limitations
-Each boom, scissor and Hybrid Lift has a weight limitation. It is essential to identify and follow these weight restrictions. Surpassing weight limits – even by a slight amount – creates unnecessary risk of making the lift top-heavy. Always consider the weight of the operator along with tools and materials upon the aerial platform. Ensure that the total weight isn’t greater than the capacity before starting operation.
-Do not sit or climb on the lift’s edges. When you’re on the platform of a Hybrid Lift, avoid climbing on the edge to reach for something. Rather, the safer practice is usually to reposition the entire unit. Sitting or climbing on the platform’s edge dramatically increases the risk of a fall what can result in major injury. In the event there’s something that’s inaccessible, communicate with the operator for help getting to a better position.
-Avoid working in very windy conditions. This may seem like a challenge if you’re working here in the “Windy City.” Still, it’s important to monitor local weather conditions when you’ll be working at height and using a lift. When a boom extends to significant heights, strong wind can create a safety risk. Workers should generally avoid using aerial lifts in windy conditions to prevent the risk of the machine tipping over. Each aerial lift has limits with respect to how much wind it is able to withstand. Review the user manual of the lift you’re using to learn its restrictions.
Time Savers Aerials is at 725 Kimberly Drive in Carol Stream, IL. Contact us online or at 630-782-7666. Our facility has a fleet of more than 1,000 pieces of lift equipment for you to select from!