Aerial Work Platform Safety: DO NOTs
Do not use a boom lift to lift heavy supplies
Boom lifts are meant to lift people and tools to reach a certain area to work. They are not meant to lift heavy supplies — if you need to lift heavy supplies, you need to use a crane. Trying to use a boom lift to raise heavy supplies off the ground could result in tipping the lift over or something worse — putting those using the lift and those in the area at risk for injury or death. Know the capacity requirements and the acceptable uses and stick to them.
Do not climb or sit on the edge of the work platform.
While the platform sizes may differ between a scissor lift and a boom lift— the rules are much the same. Never climb or sit on the edge of the platform. If you are having trouble getting to an area that is out of reach, work with the boom lift operator to get into the position you need. Do not under any circumstances try to reach by climbing on the edge of the platform.