Aerial Work Platform Safety III
Do’s and Don’ts of operating manlifts
Here are some important things to remember while operating manlift equipment.
- DO Perform pre-operation checks for structural, electrical, operational deficiencies as well as labels and associated engine fluids.
- DO Follow all prescribed Safety precautions outlined in the operation and maintenance manual.
- DO Wear a full body harness and lifeline tied off to the manufacturers’ designated anchorage point while on the platform.
- DO Walk the intended travel path for hazards.
- DO Utilize the controls in a gentle easing motion. This will prevent the platform from rocking needlessly.
- DO Utilize spotter(s) when in or near process areas or areas with limited visibility.
Do’s and Don’ts of operating manlifts (continued)
- DON’T Operate a manlift without familiarizing yourself with the machines operating characteristics.
- DON’T Exceed the maximum weight limit found on the vehicle/basket placard.
- DON’T Stand, sit, use a ladder or put planks on the handrails of a manlift to gain additional height.
- DON’T Leave the confines of a manlift without obtaining permission. See your Safety Coordinator or Superintendent for guidance.
- DON’T Tie-off to an adjacent structure while working in a manlift. As a general rule: when INSIDE the basket/platform, tie-off INSIDE the basket/platform. When working OUTSIDE of the basket/platform, tie-off OUTSIDE the basket/platform.
- DON’T Leave loose materials and tools on the floor of your platform. They create a trip hazard and could be kicked off of the platform onto an unsuspecting worker below. Containerize them.