Most people know that aerial lifts are important tools used daily by utility professionals. These are the individuals that do work on things like overhead power, telephone, and cable lines. Working on these lines requires not only a substantial amount of skill and training but also the right equipment. Before aerial lifts became popular for use in the utility industry, individuals doing maintenance on overhead lines were often subject to dangerous working conditions. Aerial lifts made these tasks not only easier but increased the level of safety to the worker.
Bucket trucks are the most frequently used aerial lifts in the utility industry. They are generally attached to the utility truck and allow utility workers to have easy access to all of their equipment in one place. Bucket trucks can travel most roads at normal traffic speeds, making them the ideal piece of equipment for utility workers. Bucket trucks have a flat, enclosed platform that allows the worker to attach a safety belt, and provide a safe and secure working environment. These lifts are also handy for utility workers that may need to trim trees around utility lines, as they allow the worker to access the limbs and lines safely, without the danger of falling branches.
Articulated Boom Lifts
Boom lifts, both types that we will discuss, are less versatile in some ways than bucket trucks, but in other ways are more versatile. Articulated boom lifts allow a utility worker to access equipment or lines that may be in hard to reach places. These lifts can move the bucket in a variety of directions, not just straight up or down. Because these lifts must be towed behind a truck, they can be less convenient to get from one site to another, however, their small size and ability to easily maneuver the lift make them ideal for working in tight spots.
Telescopic Boom Lifts
Telescopic booms are great for accessing lines and equipment that are in very high places. These lifts also must be towed, but are ideal for tight spaces, where gaining extra height is essential. Because they have a limited range of movement compared to both bucket trucks and articulated boom lifts, they are not as practical for many jobs.
Aerial lifts are an essential part of the utility industry. They allow utility professionals to safely and efficiently access the overhead lines and equipment that keep our communities running.