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Do’s and Don’ts of Cribbing

450px-Boom_lift_AB46_002Cribbing is a popular practice for aerial lift operators, construction foreman and other job site workers. The process of cribbing involves building a temporary wooden structure to support heavy machinery.

Cribbing (also called a “box crib”) is used in a variety of work situations. Sometimes, it’s used to help support an extra-large piece of industrial equipment. It’s also utilized to gain a better angle for hoisting or lifting materials. It’s also implemented to achieve better stability on otherwise unstable surfaces.

For aerial life operators, cribbing has to be undertaken with extra caution. Given the top-heavy loads and sheer height of some aerial lifts, cribbing should only be done with professional, certified supervision. This includes other lifts, including scissor lifts.

Here are a few “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when using cribbing to bolster your aerial lift.

-          Do consult with your lift’s operation manual in regards to the cribbing. Temporary cribbing should follow your manual’s guidelines.

-          Do ensure that your cribbing structure is sturdy and stable. Most cribbing accidents are caused by faulty construction techniques. Again, your manual should have valuable input in regards to the proper way to use cribbing with your lift.

-          Don’t ignore the weather. Rain, mud, ice and other elements can and will impact your lift’s ability to maneuver on cribbing.

-          Don’t forget safety harnesses. You shouldn’t ignore them under normal operating circumstances, but double-check all safeguards are in place for aerial lift operators working with cribbing support.


Proper cribbing falls right in line with proper aerial lift safety. And for the best aerial work platform safety training, only one provider gives you OSHA-approved instruction, flexible course scheduling and ultra-affordable value: Aerial Lift Certification. With the most up-to-date content available anywhere, our training sessions ensure your workforce is compliant with local and federal aerial lift regulations.

Whether you need a safety plan upgrade or want to reboot your existing aerial lift system, ALC has the tools and resources to ensure you’re OSHA compliant. Plus, the peace of mind knowing your aerial lift workers are properly trained is hard to put a price tag on. For more on ALC, visit our contact page or call our aerial lift safety consultants at (888) 278-8896.

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