Whether you’ve operated an aerial lift before or are looking to get trained to become a certified aerial lift operator, there are probably a few things you still need to learn about them. So, the next time you’re talking with your coworkers after a long day of work, you can show off your knowledge with these 16 things you never knew about aerial lifts.
- The invention of the aerial work platform is often credited to John L. Grove, an American inventor and industrialist. However, before Grove’s first model, a company called Selma Manlift introduced a model in 1966. This lift was much smaller than today’s tallest aerial lift, and not much higher than the tallest scissor lift (see below).
- While on a road trip with his wife, Grove witnessed two workers at the Hoover Dam get electrocuted while working on scaffolding. After witnessing this tragic event, was inspired to manufacture a product to allow workers to perform construction and maintenance tasks in the air more safely.
- The world’s tallest aerial lift to date, created by Elliott Equipment, offers a 215-ft. working height, 80 ft. of side reach, and up to 1,200 lb. of platform capacity. Technically, the E160/215 is officially known as an aerial work platform (AWP), but still qualifies as the tallest aerial lift in the world, even higher than the JLG 1850SJ (185 ft. high).
- There are three major types of aerial work platforms: boom lifts, scissor lifts, and mechanical lifts.
- Aerial lifts come in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
- Lifts can have different tire treads depending on the terrain they are used for operation, even including bulldozer-like tracks for soft or sandy soils.
- Aerial lifts can be operated with pneumatics, hydraulics, or mechanically with screws or a rack-and-pinion system.
- Aerial lifts typically use gasoline, diesel, or propane, but many new lifts are using lithium batteries as well.
- When working from an aerial lift, a body belt must be worn along with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket.
- The world’s tallest scissor lift is the SkyJack SJIII 4740 DC. This lift extends all the way up to 45.4 feet, and also has a carrying capacity of 500 pounds. Plus, it can hold up to two workers, both indoors and outside.
- The self-propelled IAWP-7.3 industrial aerial work platform can safely and efficiently maneuver in tight quarters and offers a great alternative to ladders and scaffolding.
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