Safety Consulting & Training Services
Aerial lifts are vehicle-mounted devices that allow workers to perform work above the ground.
Construction workers involved in aerial lift accidents could face falls, broken bones, and death. Approximately 26 construction workers die each year from using aerial lifts. More than half of the deaths involve boom-supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry pickers. These require a body harness with an energy-absorbing lanyard connected to an anchor point provided by the manufacturer. Most of the remaining deaths are electrocutions, falls, and tip-overs involving scissor lifts. OSHA requires full guardrails on scissor lifts.
In order to work safely with aerial platforms, get training on the operating procedures for your job site and task. Get specialized training on each aerial lift model you will use. Know the risks and hazards involved with aerial work, including your own risk of falling and the hazard of dropping objects onto coworkers below. Learn to tether your tools and equipment and ensure that coworkers underneath the platform are wearing hard hats.