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11 Things You Never Knew About Aerial Lifts

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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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. There are three major types of aerial work platforms: boom lifts, scissor lifts, and mechanical lifts.
  1. Aerial lifts come in either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
  1. 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.
  1. Aerial lifts can be operated with  pneumatics, hydraulics, or mechanically with screws or a rack-and-pinion system.
  1. Aerial lifts typically use gasoline, diesel, or propane, but many new lifts are using lithium batteries as well.
  1. When working from an aerial lift, a body belt must be worn along with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket.
  1. An aerial lift truck cannot be moved while the boom is elevated in a working position with operators in the basket, unless the equipment is designed for this type of operation.
  1. 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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