Boom Lifts Safety

Boom Lifts

Boom lifts are safe only when they are used as they are designed to be used. Read, follow and understand the manufacturer’s requirements for using a boom lift. 

10 Safe Practices to Follow When Using a Boom Lift:

  • Tie off the instant that you get in the basket or cage of any boom lift – just remember that the guardrail system alone does not provide adequate fall protection.
  • A personal fall arrest system provides an additional level or protection.
  • Do not stand on the guard rail and do not use a ladder in a boom lift. Remember the guardrail system is there to protect you.
  • Perform inspections before putting a boom lift into use. Inspect the boom lift for tire inflation and tire damage, and check instruments for warnings.  Check the operational controls for proper function and legibility.  Remove any trash or clutter in the boom lift cage or basket.  You should also inspect the work area for holes, drop offs, trash, extension cords or anything that you may run over.
  • Check you work and/or travel area for any overhead obstructions and electrical hazards.Exercise great care when traveling near sprinkler pipes, going under building structures or moving through doorways. Always look ahead for such hazards.
  • You should use caution when working in a boom lift to prevent the basket from coming into contact with beams, walls and other hard surfaces.
  • Do not exceed the manufacturer’s rated weight capacity of the boom lift.
  • Do not use boom lifts as a material hoist.
  • Do not use a boom lift as a personnel elevator
  • Limit your work to the immediate area; do not travel across the job site in an elevated position.
  • Secure a fire extinguisher in the boom lift when performing welding or cutting work.


What are the OSHA requirements for aerial lift operator qualification?

OSHA requires employers to instruct employees on how to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions applicable to a work environment.  While there are no OSHA regulations requiring aerial lift operators be certified, OSHA does require that only employees approved or assigned by the employer operate aerial boom lifts.  Keep in mind that OSHA requirements are the minimum requirements for employers.  A contractor may require the operator carry proof of training or hold some documentation of training received.