Aerial Lift Operator Safety
Follow capacity limits
The manufacturer’s capacity limits should be strictly followed. This may seem like a no-brainer, but in addition to the weight of people, it includes all of the tools and bucket liners, too. Calculating the weight can take extra time, especially if additional tools are taken at the last minute. Regardless, the time it takes to calculate and make sure you are within the allowed capacity is worth it, given that one or more people will be relying on the lift to hold them. Make sure all debris is cleared off of the platform and out of the bucket, too – not only does that help free up some space, but it also helps ensure there isn’t anything extra to cause you to slip or trip as you’re working.
Don’t put scaffolding on the aerial lift platform.
In addition to following the capacity limits for the aerial lift, you should also make sure you aren’t using the platform or bucket of the aerial lift as a support system for another piece of scaffolding. Regardless of whether or not it falls within the capacity limit, adding scaffolding or even something as small as a stepping stool, is putting you at a great risk of falling. Your feet should be flat on the platform or bucket at all times (ideally with some anti-slip treads).
Keep your distance from power lines and wires.
The mention of electrocutions within the top three most frequent causes of injury or death with aerial lift may surprise you. But at the heights that aerial lifts are often used there is a good chance you will be level with power lines at some point. Power lines, wires and other conductors should be treated as if they are live wires, even if they appear insulated or you know they are down. To be safe, keep a distance of at least ten feet or three meters between you and any power lines at all times.