All operators of personnel hoists such as telescopic or knuckle boom work platforms or scissor lifts shall have training, and be deemed competent, as defined in OHS legislation, in their operation, preferably through an accredited training provider endorsed by the manufacturer, prior to use.
Operators are expected to complete documented equipment inspections prior to use. Aerial work platforms must only be operated by competent, qualified operators. Tools, material, cords, cables, etc. must not be tied off to any portion of the unit for hoisting or lowering. Foamfilled tires must be used for all aerial work platforms.
A system for regularly inspecting movable platforms and for confirming the competency of the operators must be established. All powered mobile work platforms must be inspected before being used.
The following guidelines apply to the operation of elevated work platforms:
- Access/egress and ground conditions shall be covered in pre-task talks.
- Extreme weather conditions, especially extreme cold operating temperature limits must be covered in aerial work platforms procedures.
- Aerial work platforms must not be used as cranes.
- Aerial work platforms shall not be used as a matter of convenience, as an elevator.
- All workers using elevating or rotating lifts or platforms, including but not limited to aerial lifts and scissor lifts, will be trained in their proper use and have documentation of that training on their person at all times.
- All personnel will tie off to the lift tie-off point using a harness and lanyard.
- Ensure that personal lanyards (preferably personal retractables) are of a suitable length to restrain the worker(s) within the basket.
- Workers must use a travel restraint device at all times when using aerial work platforms.
To be continued.
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