Aerial lift platforms are used ALMOST every day throughout each one of our construction site. These machines allow us to work from a safe work platform while at heights and make our job easier to complete, however these machines do have their limitations and must only be operated by a qualified trained operator.
Aerial lifts are not to be used as a crane, or as a tow truck. Ropes, cables, slings, etc. should never be secured to any part of the lifts basket for the purpose of pushing, pulling, or lifting other objects. Each employee on the platform shall use a full body harness and lanyard. Employees shall keep both feet on the floor of the platform; shall not sit or climb on the railing; or use planks, ladders, or other devices to raise the working height. The gate shall be closed before raising the work platform. The operator shall not elevate platform or drive with platform elevated while on a sloping, uneven, or soft surface as the machine could tip over.
Lift equipment shall be inspected and controls tested daily before each use to ensure that all components are in good working order. A copy of the pre-use inspection checklist should be kept with the machine at all times, either in the holder in the basket, or at the ground control station. Aerial lift devices shall only be used for the purpose(s) intended by the manufacturer. All manufacturer recommendations and warnings regarding operation, capacity, and safety precautions shall be strictly followed. Permanent labeling must be clearly posted to indicate lifting capacity and travel height.
Ground controls shall not be operated without the permission of the employee(s) in the air, except in emergencies. Before extending the boom or raising the platform, outriggers (if the vehicle is so equipped) shall be positioned properly and on firm, level ground. Outriggers shall be placed on pads, blocking, or other solid surface, and shall not be used to level the vehicle. Extendable axles must be fully deployed and verified before rising above 20 degrees.
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