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Aerial Lifts Dangers

There are several ways that workers can be injured when using an aerial boom lift. The hazards can be classified into the following categories:

  • Falling - Hazards that result from unsafe work above or outside the aerial boom lift railings, or when the aerial boom lift loses stability and tips
  • Tip-overs and collapses:
    • Uneven surfaces - Hazards that result from operating an aerial boom lift when the ground is not level, has obstructions or potholes, or lacks stability
    • Overloading - Hazards that result from exceeding the manufacturer's recommended limits for the weight of occupants and materials
    • Overextension - Hazards that result from extending the aerial boom lift beyond its recommended maximum extension, or extending the platform sideways beyond the balance provided by the counterweight of the base
  • Electrocution - Hazards that result from coming into contact with live sources of electricity
  • Dangerous weather or atmosphere - Hazards, such as high winds, snow, or rain, that could cause the aerial boom lift to tip over or a worker to slip and fall off the aerial boom

To learn more about Aerial Lifts visit our OSHA Aerial Boom Lift Safety Online Training Certification Course web page.

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