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Aerial Lifts - Fall Prevention

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3/21/2023
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Workers using boom type aerial lifts are exposed to fall hazards. 
     

In order to prevent falls from aerial lifts, workers should adhere to the following safe work practices:

  • Do not exceed the rated capacity of the platform.
  • Upon accessing the aerial lift platform, ensure that the access gates or openings are closed.
  • Stand firmly on the floor of the platform.
  • Do not climb or over over guardrails or handrails.
  • Do not use planks, ladders, or other devices to gain additional reach.
  • Do not lean on or over the guardrails or handrails.
  • Do not sit, stand, or climb on guardrails.
  • Always enter and exit the platform when fully lowered.
  • Keep the platform clean and free of debris.
  • Wear a full-body harness connected to the platform's designated anchor point using a connector or lanyard. 



Source: Joe Mlynek is president of Progressive Safety Services LLC, Gates Mills, OH; joe.mlynek@progressivesafety.us; and content creation expert for Safety Made Simple, Inc., Olathe, KS; joe@safetymadesimple.com

 

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