Aerial Lift Training Is Essential for Staying Safe in the Workplace

Posted on: December 1, 2014

Aerial Lift TrainingAs aerial lifts have grown in popularity, so too has the need for aerial lift training to ensure that workers and the people they work around are safe from an accident. Aerial lifts have begun to replace traditional ladders at job sites all across the country because of their flexibility and their mobility. Being able to quickly move an aerial lift to a different part of the job site, versus breaking down and carrying clunky ladders, has made aerial lifts the preferred choice.Unfortunately, as with any device that offers convenience, aerial lifts also come with some threats that must be addressed in aerial lift training so as to avoid untoward incidents and accidents.Aerial lift training typically begins with an understanding of the kinds of accidents can occur because of the device. We prefer to think of these in terms of threats, so that precautions can be taken, and an injury accident can be avoided. The top threats associated with them and an integral part of aerial lift training are:• A worker could fall from an elevated height, resulting in severe injury for the worker themselves. • An object could fall or be knocked out of the lift. This falling object would have a lot of velocity and could injury someone in its trajectory. At best, it will do damage to property. • Structural failures are not unheard of, making it quintessential that the operators understand what they are doing, what the weight limits are, and how to avoid this extremely damaging circumstance. • Entanglement with wires or other cords is always a risk one runs as the device is on its way up or down. It can become stuck on another object fairly easily. An inexperienced operator can easily get the aerial lift, and its cargo (including other workers) entangled or cause them to run into objects. The easiest and cheapest way to avoid having to deal with any injuries, loss of life, and damage to property is to have operators who have received comprehensive aerial lift training. Some of the basics, as recommended by OSHA that an operator should receive are: • An understanding of the types of threats that exist when operating an aerial lift. This includes electrical threats, falling, and falling object threats. • They should know how to deal with these threats, how to avoid them, and have a standard operating manual should they encounter any of these situations. • Workers should know how to recognize and avoid any unsafe or hazardous conditions in their workplace. • Detailed instructions for the proper way to operate the lift in question. This must include the maximum capacity and load capacity, as these are two common examples of why accidents occur.Once they have received the basic aerial lift training, the operator must be able to demonstrate their understanding and ability to operate the machinery skillfully and without error. If they fail to do so, retraining must occur, and any operator, that cannot pass a simple test, should not be allowed to operate or be around this machinery.

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