Aerial Work Platform Safety Safety

Aerial Work Platform Safety

Aerial work platforms are important tools and if used correctly, provide quick and safe access to work areas. But as with any tool, there are right and wrong ways to use them. Experience has shown that improper use of aerial lifts can result in injuries, death, and equipment damage. This guide addresses safe use of aerial work platforms and provides tips to prevent injuries, death, and equipment damage.


Aerial lift users shall receive safety training and demonstrate proficiency in the use of the equipment. Aerial lift users shall review the operator’s manual before using the lift.


  • Visually inspect the lift for damage and leaks before each use
  • All operator controls shall be clearly marked
  • Equipment load capacities shall be clearly indicated
  • Test all controls and parking brakes upon initial use
  • A wind velocity meter shall be available to aerial lift users


  • • Set mechanical parking brake and utilize provided outriggers to ensure stability
  • Ensure a clear area above, below, and immediately around the lift at all times
    • Level and stable surface
    • Holes, drop-offs, bumps, debris, etc.
    • Overhead obstructions and overhead power lines
  • Most lifts are rated for use at a maximum wind speed of 25 mph. When aerial lifts are used, they are to be lowered to halfway when winds exceed 15 mph, and lowered completely when winds gust to 20 mph, or when other adverse weather conditions develop
  • A full body harness & lanyard shall be required whenever the lift equipment provides an identified anchor point
  • Attaching equipment to the guardrail system is prohibited. All loads must be directly on the platform surface


  • Do not exceed manufacturer rated load capacity
  • Ensure railing system is in place at all times. Always close entrance chains or doors
  • Stand only on the platform surface. Never climb or step on the railing system
  • Do not travel with the lift in an elevated position
  • Do not drive near drop-offs or holes
  • If at any point the operator does not feel safe, lower the lift and speak with your supervisor