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Aerial Lift Safety: Tips for Operating

Posted by: Erika Green on April 12, 2019

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Aerial lifts prove time and again to be invaluable pieces of equipment. They make seemingly impossible jobs achievable, convenient and often, significantly less dangerous. With warmer weather approaching, a job requiring an aerial lift will undoubtedly present itself. Any professional will agree that experience with this type of heavy equipment should be complemented with ongoing safety training. Here are some resources, considerations and projects to keep in mind involving aerial lifts.

Safety Resources

When hired for jobs where encroaching vegetation poses an obstacle, the potential dangers aren’t always accounted for in the planning process. Therefore, being well-versed in the local municipality’s regulations, as well as OSHA guidelines, is crucial. It’s important that you ensure your team is up-to-date with safety precautions and procedures as well. Top tips from OSHA can be found here.

Much like 811 for jobs that require you to break ground, OSHA is a great resource for jobs in the air. They regularly curate new information for all things safety-related, particularly when it comes to complex jobsites or initiatives.

Minimizing Risk

Minimize risk through safety training, preparation as well as a strong understanding of how the equipment works and the best practices of operation. Keep in mind these helpful tips:

  • Scope out the jobsite in advance to prepare for possible obstacles or hazards
  • Consult with the appropriate safety experts (811 or OSHA) before starting
  • Always ask questions; about the job, the equipment, and the environment

By doing so, you can increase efficiency and minimize risk for you and your team.

Aerial Lift Jobs

Renting heavy equipment, like aerial lifts, enables professional contractors to focus on getting the job done right rather than spending time questioning the abilities of their support equipment.

So, what kinds of jobs will you most often need aerial lifts to tackle? Jobs like exterior maintenance management, tree and vegetation conservation, roof repairs, and gutter installations are all labor-intensive jobs. That’s why the stability, size and durability of aerial lifts make it the ideal tool for the job.

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