Approximately 26 construction workers die each year from electrocutions, falls, and equipment tip-overs all while using aerial lifts. About half of the deaths involve boom-supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry pickers; whereas, scissor lifts account for most other deaths.
Before operating an aerial lift, keep the following in mind:
- BE AN AUTHORIZED OPERATOR!
- Check operating and emergency controls, safety devices (such as, outriggers and guardrails), personal fall protection
- gear, wheels and tires, and other items specified by the manufacturer.
- Look for possible leaks (air, hydraulic fluid, and fuel-system) and loose or missing parts.
- Check the area the lift will travel and be used.
- Look for a level surface that won’t shift.
- Check the slope of the ground or floor; do not work on steep slopes that exceed slope limits listed by the
- Look for hazards, such as, holes, drop-offs, bumps, and debris, and overhead power lines and other obstructions.
- Set outriggers, brakes, and wheel chocks – even if you’re working on a level slope.
- Check the wind speed. Are you above the manufacturer’s maximum wind speed?