Aerial Personnel Devices

Vehicle-mounted Personnel Devices have Three Main Hazards

  • Obviously, the first is falling from the basket.
  • Second, an overloaded basket can cause the vehicle to tip over.
  • Third, contact with overhead power lines is a deadly hazard.
  • Workers on the ground are in danger of items falling from the basket.

Always Know the Load Capacity and Features of the Equipment

  • Always read the operating and maintenance manual before using a particular vehicle— there may be similarities but also differences.
  • Know the rated workload, which includes not only the weight of the worker but also any tools or materials that will be in the basket.
  • Know how the rated workload varies according to the angle of the boom and whether it is extended or retracted.
  • Know the maximum platform height, with or without outrigger devices or stabilizers.
  • Know if the work platform is electrically insulated.

aerial liftAlways wear a Full Body Harness for Fall Protection When Working in an Aerial Lift. Be Sure to Follow These Safety Rules

  • Inspect the harness and lanyard before each use.
  • Attach the lanyard to the boom or the basket.
  • Never belt off to an adjacent structure or equipment.
  • Always stand firmly on the floor of the basket.
  • Never sit or climb on the edge of a basket.
  • Be sure you have complete fall protection training before working in a personnel basket.

Inspect Equipment Daily and Always Follow the Manufacturer’s Recommendations for Maintenance and Repair

  • Make sure the insulated equipment is properly inspected and maintained so it will protect you from electricity.
  • Even if you are not assigned to work on power lines, you should do this in case of possible accidental contact.
  • Your inspection should include lift baskets, boom equipment, control cables, tires, and operating controls.
  • Inspect the work area for anything that could affect vehicle stability.