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10 Keys to Aerial Lift Safety in 2015
1) Watch for overhead hazards. These include telephone lines, tree branches, signs, building overhangs and other obstacles.
2) Ensure the aerial lift terrain is stable and sure-footed. Many accidents happen when the aerial lift shifts due to poor stability, uneven surfaces, debris and other easy-to-overlook hazards.
3) Account for the unique demands of outdoor aerial lift work. “Especially in colder climates, ice and snow are a big concern as 2015 rolls around,” said an Aerial Lift Certification safety representative. “Bad weather is responsible for more accidents than you think.”
4) Slow and steady wins the race. When raising an AWP, it is recommended to travel at a reasonable speed. Some mishaps are caused by simply going too fast.
5) Confirm max load capacity. Tip-overs and similar accidents are caused by overloading the aerial lift’s maximum weight requirements.
6) Wear the necessary protective gear. This includes gloves, hardhats, reflectors and other safety apparel.
7) Get up-to-date training. Initial or renewal training for new and veteran aerial lift operators is a great way to ensure safe, effective aerial lift production.
8) Know your machine. Whether you’re on a new or old AWP, become knowledgeable on the piece of equipment. Read the user manual, review maintenance procedures – every little bit helps.
9) Check to see if your industry is in line with new OSHA injury and accident reporting procedures. As of January 1, 2015, the list is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).
10) If an accident happens, report it within 24 hours to OSHA. Again, this is new OSHA legislation set for enactment on January 1, 2015.
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