Aerial Lift Training – What To Do Before Operating an Aerial Lift

Posted on: January 5, 2015

Aerial Lift TrainingWe provide aerial lift training programs that can be delivered to a company for usage or administered through in-person training programs. Whether management completes the training or we present to your employees, the most important factor is that the training is completed sufficiently and on a regular basis. According to the Department of Labor, many aerial lift accidents are preventable. As such, one component that they advise paying close attention to is the condition of the lift itself. There are certain components that you can inspect for function and safety.Here is what you need to do prior to operating an aerial lift.Inspect the lift.Before operating an aerial lift, every employee should take the time to inspect it. Similar to how in driver’s education, students are encouraged to check their car, employees are encouraged to check their lift. Unfortunately, most fail to do so, and accidents occur, as a result. Any inspection needs to include both the lift components and the vehicle components since they work together, yet separately.In our aerial lift training, we recommend that when examining the lift, this needs to be inspected:
  • Hydraulic, fuel, air, and pneumatic systems;
  • Controls for operating and emergencies;
  • Insulating components;
  • Protective devices;
  • Missing instructions, warning signs, and control markings;
  • Guardrails;
  • Wiring harness;
  • Fasteners and pins;
  • and any parts that are loose or missing.
A check of the vehicle components should include:
  • Oil, fuel, coolant, and hydraulic levels;
  • Tires and wheels;
  • Any leaks;
  • Controls;
  • Lights, breaks, and horns;
  • and steering.
Before operating the machine or stepping into the lift, these equipment checks must be made to ensure safety. Many workplace accidents and even deaths are entirely avoidable by following common sense safety guidelines. We work with companies to develop safety standards, protocols, and training manuals that can be used, referenced, and updated on a regular basis. This ensures that employees can remain well-informed and educated on the proper protocols and usage of an aerial lift.In addition to inspecting the physical equipment, OSHA also recommends that inspections are completed of the surrounding area in order to ensure that there are no external hazards to contend with. For example, is the ceiling height high enough to warrant usage of the machine? If, not this could lead to an inadvertent accident. Additionally, if there are obstructions that hang from the ceiling, they could become hazards, creating an obstacle that an aerial lift could become caught on. This is a risk to both the machine and directly to the employee that is inside of the lift when it becomes elevated. In our aerial lift training manual, we also advise that the area the machine is operating in be regularly inspected to ensure that no holes or ditches have developed on the surface. Things like earthquakes can cause the cement to shift and crack, creating these obstructions. Without regular inspections, the lift may tip or become stuck with someone inside of it. This can be incredibly dangerous especially if the hole is large enough to cause the machine to get off balance and tip over. For more information on how you can keep your employees safe, give us a call.

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