Safe usage of aerial lifts for high rise access
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Safe usage of aerial lifts for high rise access

Aerial lifts are vehicle-mounted, boom-supported mobile working platforms that are elevated mechanically or hydraulically to provide temporary access to high-rise job sites. They are typically designed to lift limited weights, and capable of being set up and operated by a single person.
Aerial work platforms may provide additional features beyond transport and access, including being furnished with electrical outlets or compressed air connectors for power tools. They may also be equipped with specialty equipment, such as to carry frames for window glass.
4e2f6f2e-f2d8-4c06-86c8-1a7fdb6bba4aTo ensure the safe use of aerial lifts, the following safety guidelines are recommended by OSHA:
  • Make sure that workers who operate aerial lifts are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment.
  • Maintain and operate elevating work platforms according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never override hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices.
  • Never move the equipment with workers in an elevated platform unless permitted by the manufacturer.
  • Do not allow workers to position themselves between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket.
  • Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet, or 3 meters, 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.
  • Use a body harness or restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket to
    prevent the worker(s) from being ejected or pulled from the basket.
  • 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.
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