Boom lift training

Many trucks utilise an aerial lift system. Utility companies, as well as private companies have used boom trucks, bucket trucks, crane trucks, and derrick digger trucks for a majority of task in the construction industry and other repairing industries. The United States Department of Labour has said that an estimated twenty-six construction employees die each year while utilising an aerial lift. It is essential that the operators of these trucks are trained in the use of boom lifts and their safety regulations.

OSHA has regulated that employers are not allowed to force a worker to utilise any equipment they think is unsafe. The best way to protect yourself from injury, or worse due to faulty equipment, is to perform a safety inspection prior to utilising the lift equipment. Check for leaks of hydraulic fluid and air as well as checking all the operating and emergency controls. It is vital that they all function properly. It is recommended to double check all your safety gear along with the guard rail and outriggers before using the equipment.

Should you locate any issues with any part of the equipment, OSHA regulations require that it must be repaired prior to use. A mechanic that is used to working with that type of equipment should be used to make the necessary repairs. Once the work has been completed, it is important to perform an inspection of it before you leave the shop. Use Aerial and Handling Services Ltd for all your service and breakdown requirements.

It is just as important to perform an inspection of the location you are to work at. Many believe that just inspecting the equipment is enough to keep them safe, but this is a vital part of the inspection process and can help prevent accidents and injury from occurring. Make sure that the truck is parked on solid, stable, flat ground and that the brakes have been set is place as well as the wheel locks.

Understanding all aspects of the training manual is essential to reduce the occurrence of an accident. By law, contractors are required to give manuals to all mechanics and operators of the equipment. If an employee cannot read, a person who is qualified should be provided to help the employee to understand all the proper requirements associated with the lift and how to deal with different situations.

There are basically two life accidents that occur most often. These are tip over and electrocution. It is always important to be 10 feet or more away from any overhead electrical lines. The insulated buckets help to protect against electrical currents running through you and down to the ground, but will not give you the protection you need should you happen to touch a wire. You can help stop tip over from happening by making sure that the truck is never put into motion while the lift is up and by making sure you stay within the weight and height requirements that have been given by the manufacturer.

Many accidents can be prevented just by following all the safety instructions and manufacturer’s guidelines. These should be followed each and every time the lift is operated. It is required to always keep the door to the lift closed and to not stand or sit upon the edges of the bucket. Never use it as a support system for your body weight. This can lead to accidents. Always wear full safety gear at all times. A body harness should be worn whenever the lift is in use. It should not be removed until the lift is on the ground and the truck has been turned off. If you find yourself working around heavy traffic conditions, make sure that signs and cones are out so that drivers are aware that you are working there. Only those qualified and trained in the aerial lift equipment should operate it. Never allow someone else to use it even for a minute. This can cause detrimental accidents when those not qualified are placed in the position of operating this heavy equipment. Being in a rush position to finish a job is never a good reason to place an unqualified worker in this position.

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