Aerial Lift Operator Safety
Keep a clear mind and focus completely on operating the aerial lift
Do not use aerial lifts (or any construction equipment) under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Accidents happen without these influences, so adding either of these to the mix increases risk for the operator and co-workers.
In addition to drugs and alcohol, just fooling around and practical jokes can put you and co-workers at risk. Keep it out of the work zone altogether. Make sure you are giving your full attention and focus to operating the aerial lift and following all safety precautions.
Always wear protective equipment
This aerial lift safety rule is a common one for all pieces of equipment — make sure you have your hard hat, safety glasses and steel-toe boots ready to go. If there is any sort of accident, these types of safety equipment can help minimize your injuries. In addition to wearing your protective equipment, make sure you are not wearing loose clothing that could get caught in any part of the lift (we recommend pulling back long hair, too).
Inspect the aerial lift prior to use
The aerial lift must be inspected prior to use. Regardless of what type you are using, there are a variety of cords, pulleys, cables and chains that work together to make the lift work. They should be visually inspected to make sure that nothing is loose or out of place. Tires, wheels and casters should also be visually inspected — a solid foundation is essential to safely moving aerial lifts, so it is important that the tires and wheels are in good shape. The lift controls should be tested on site before anyone gets on the platform or in the bucket to ensure everything is working properly. If something seems to be malfunctioning or damaged, the aerial lift should not be used.