Aerial Work Platforms – Work Safe Tips
- Ensure that only approved operators use aerial lift equipment. Test the controls and inspect the aerial lift before use each day.
- Make sure that all controls are clearly marked as to their function. Never override hydraulic, mechanical or electrical safety devices. Maintain and operate aerial lifts according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always stand firmly on the basket floor. Do not sit or climb on the edge or rails of the basket. Never use planks, boxes or other items inside the basket to extend your reach. Ensure that all wheels of an elevated lift are on a solid base.
- Use outriggers, if provided. Set the brakes and use wheel chocks when on an incline. Do not exceed the load limits of the equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker(s), tools and materials. De-energize and lockout/tagout aerial lifts before performing any maintenance or repairs.
- Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet away from the nearest overhead line. In addition, any conductive object that can be contacted must be maintained at least 10 feet from overhead lines. Conductive objects could be wires, transformers, ducts, pipes or other equipment. Always treat overhead lines as energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated. Never lose awareness of the overhead hazard.
- Establish and clearly mark a danger zone around the aerial lift support vehicle. Never move the equipment with workers in the elevated platform unless the equipment has been specifically designed for this type of operation. Do not position yourself between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket. If the basket moves, you could become trapped and crushed between the rails and the overhead object.