Read These Safety Tips from an Aerial Lift Training Consultant

Posted on: June 16, 2018

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As an aerial lift training consultant, we facilitate in-person employee training. This is important for reducing workplace accidents and ensuring that employees have the skills and knowledge necessary to remain safe while on the job. Since everyone on a job site is responsible for helping to ensure safety, we recommend that anyone who is going to be operating or working near an aerial lift receive this training.

Aerial lift accidents are all too common

Unfortunately, many people do not receive the proper training in how to operate work equipment near the aerial lift. Thus, accidents are common. These accidents may include:

1. Falls

Falling from an aerial lift can be life-threatening. Even those who recover often suffer from head injuries, broken bones and sprains. THere are long-term consequences that can hinder one's quality of life.

2. Electrocution

Many of the accidents occurring while using an aerial lift happen as a result of power lines overhead. Failing to observe power lines can cause the person within the lift to make physical contact with them and electrocute the worker as a result. This is where other workers can help to prevent accidents. Someone on the ground can identify and warn operators that power lines are close.

3. The lift tipping over

These lifts can remain firmly on the ground, regardless of how far they extend. However, there are errors an operator can make which can cause the lift to tip over, injuring the person inside the lift and anyone who is in close proximity.

4. Being struck by the lift

As an aerial lift training consultant, we review a large number of accident reports. Many reports mention people being struck by the aerial lift or an object associated with it. Whether this is in a situation where the lift is tipping over or it is extending too far, it is critical for everyone on the job site to learn how to stay clear of the aerial lift when it is operational.

5. Getting stuck

It is also possible for workers to become trapped in between the aerial lift and another object like a wall or ceiling. Operators must be trained on how to ensure that this does not happen, and emergency protocols should always be in place for injured workers who do become trapped.

There are ways to prevent these accidents

We know that there are valuable protocols and tips that can be implemented to help prevent these life-threatening injuries. We go over all of them during our training sessions. They may include:

  • Follow the manufacturer's guidelines regarding load capacity limits
  • Never drive an aerial lift with a raised platform
  • Keep the gate closed
  • Wear a body harness
  • Be aware of power lines and overhead objects before starting the lift
  • Stay a minimum of 10 feet from power lines
  • Use outriggers, brakes and wheel chocks as necessary
  • Use cones to keep other people away from the aerial lift when it is operational
  • Do not use an aerial lift in wind or high rains
  • Objects being carried should never be larger than the actual platform
  • Never climb on the guard rails

These are just a few of the safety tips we will go over during an aerial lift training session.

Hiring a contractor will ensure that training is completed correctly

Even companies with a large human resource team will often hire us to come in and complete aerial lift safety training. Due to so many workplace fatalities and injuries with the improper use of an aerial lift, hiring us to provide education can reduce workplace accidents. If your company is using aerial lifts, call us today and learn more about how we can provide life-saving training to your employees.

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