January 25, 2013
Aerial lifts can make a difference in your company’s day to day operation. There is a broad spectrum of models with a variety of lift heights suitable for almost any work environment. When choosing an aerial lift, some aspects to consider are indoor vs. outdoor applications, vertical and horizontal reach of platform and lifting capacities.
Made for the purpose of lifting workers, tools and light materials, aerial lifts can move easily on the work site and provide safer access in hard to reach areas. The design of these lifts allow operator mobility and flexibility which increases efficiency. It also replaces the use of traditional ladders, man-baskets on lift trucks and scaffolds to make working at high elevations safer. Industries such as manufacturing plants, maintenance service providers, real estate management companies and warehouse and construction companies all utilize aerial lifts. Besides general construction, you will see aerial lifts being used to handle routine building maintenance, painting, trimming trees, installing rooftop HVAC services and inventory management.
Today’s aerial lift provides safety features that greatly eclipse traditional equipment in stability, purpose-designed controls, and emergency back-up systems. Slip-resistant surfaces prevent falling and high guard railings enclose the worker. On boom-supported lifts, a full-body harness and lanyard completes a fall restraint system. However, it is important to remember even with the existing safety features, an operator should perform pre-start inspections of vehicle including lift structure, hydraulic/electric components, controls, limits, emergency systems and inspect the work site for hazards. In addition, training for the operator will ensure that the correct steps are being taken for injury prevention. This training is extensive and will include information regarding:
- Fall protection and job hazards analysis
- Pre-shift Inspections
- Wind exposure limits
- Unstable and sloping surfaces
- Live power proximity
- Tipping hazards and falling objects
- Load capacity of the AWP
- Emergency descent/Rescue
- Safe and proper machine positioning and use of the elevating design
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July 7, 2011
If your company uses aerial work platforms, you know it can be a challenge to enforce the proper safety practices. Couple this with a low level of understanding in how to inspect the equipment and you now have the potential of safety violations or a serious accident at your facility.
Training operators to inspect their PPE before every use may prevent a fatal accident. Review of the PPE should include an inspection of the belt and body harness as well as the lanyard. If you find any of these conditions during the inspection, do not use the equipment.
Belts & Body Harnesses:
- Thoroughly inspect all nylon webbing on belt/body harnesses for frayed edges, broken fibers, burn marks, deterioration or other visible signs of damage.
- Ensure buckles and “D” rings are not distorted or damaged. Look closely at all components for stress cracks, deformity, gouging, corrosion and sharp edges. Inspect connection points where the buckle or “D” ring is attached to the belt or body harness. Check that no stitching is pulled and the buckle or “D” ring is securely attached.
- Inspect all rivets and grommets to be certain they are not deformed, are securely fastened to the belt or body harness and cannot be pulled loose.
- Check the entire length of the lanyard. Look for cuts, fraying, deterioration, knots, kinks, burns or visible signs of damage. Ensure the lanyard is somewhat “soft” and not stiff from dirt or contaminants.
- Snap hooks and eyes should not be distorted or bent. Inspect them for cracks, sharp edges, gouges or corrosion. Be certain the locking mechanism is operating properly and there is no binding of the mechanism.
- If using a shock absorber type of lanyard, it should not be too long when extended to allow an operator to travel outside the confines of the handrails. Look for the warning tag which indicates the lanyard has been exposed to a fall.
To learn more, view these additional resources:
Statement of Best Practices of Personal Fall Protection Systems for Aerial Work Platform Equipment