What are the Hazards When Working With Aerial Lifts
This 3 minute safety training video covers: What are the appropriate personal protective equipment to use, how to properly inspect personal protective equipment, when to dispose a fall protection equipment, how to avoid tipping of an aerial lift, what is the proper placement of a lift, how to properly secure the work area, how to safely work near power lines.
All aerial lifts have a load capacity rating that indicates the amount of weight the can safely carry. Before work begins you must know the rating of the boom and basket you will be using and make sure that the combine weight of all personnel, tools, equipment and materials carry on a lift does not exceed this rating. Avoid tip overs by carefully surveying the ground for holes, debris, ditches and soft spots of the earth due to minor untapped earth fills. Many people assumes the black coating on overhead powerlines is an insulator that provides protection against electric shock but this isn’t true, the coatings only function is protect the lines from harsh weather, touching the line is no different than touching a bare wire. Another risky behaviors to attach ropes, cables or similar lines to the platform as this could possibly tangled or catch on something when the equipment moves.