Aerial Lift Safety on Construction Sites -- Occupational Health & Safety

2022-05-21 14:28:33 By : Mr. Alex Zhao

Aerial lifts are incredibly valuable machines, but using them always comes with a degree of risk.

There are few pieces of equipment more versatile and more useful than the modest aerial lift. Whether they need access to high job sites, want an alternative to scaffolding or are eager to complete tasks in hard-to-reach spots, construction professionals routinely turn to aerial lifts for solutions. While there is no denying the utility of such machines, it is important to keep aerial lift safety in mind when using them. By educating workers on the risks and training them to avoid many of the most common hazards, construction teams can stay safe on every job site.

Aerial lifts are incredibly valuable machines, but using them always comes with a degree of risk. The heights reached by aerial lifts are indeed impressive, but that height only contributes to potentially dangerous situations. Strong winds, for instance, can create hazardous working conditions for aerial lift operators. Without careful maneuvering, aerial lifts may tip over on an especially windy day.

Falling objects are another aerial lift hazard of which to be mindful. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, dropped objects accounted for 255 workplace fatalities in 2016 alone. Countless other workers suffered injuries as a result of dropped objects. That is because dropped items gain momentum as they fall. Even the lightest of tools can become deadly when dropped off the roof of a skyscraper.

In 2017, two of OSHA’s “Top 10” included hazards stemming from electricity: improper lockout/tagout procedures and electrical wiring methods. Since many aerial lift operators are involved in overhead line work, the risk of being electrocuted on the job is very real. While many boom lifts are insulated to protect workers from shock, it is important to wear protective gear and ensure that power lines have been de-energized before work begins.

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