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Three Workers Hurt in Rigged Aerial Lift Accident

Multiple injuries, many mistakes, and maybe some hefty fines on the horizon – a forklift / aerial lift accident in Hamden, CT is a great case study in what NOT to do on a job site.

A few weeks ago, emergency first responders were called to a residential construction site in Hamden. When they arrived, the accident scene was quite confusing – and it could’ve been much worse.

The official police report concluded that 3 workers fell nearly 30 feet from an “aerial lift” on State Street. We’ve put aerial life in quotation marks because, if you look at the photo accompanying the story, the aerial lift actually had a forklift extension on the top.

It appears the workers attempted to walk off the roof of a nearby house and onto a pallet held up by the aerial lift / forklift. Police believe the lift shifted, possibly causing the accident.

It’s not certain whether the lift could even hold the weight of three men. However, transporting workers on a lift-mounted pallet from rooftop is an ill-advised, potentially deadly activity.

All 3 workers were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with serious injuries. As of the news announcement, their condition or identities were not released.

As expected, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was contacted and is investigating the scene. It wouldn’t be surprising if heavy fines were proposed, especially if any or all of the workers end up with serious, life-changing injuries.

How can you and your company sidestep incidents like this one? By using aerial lifts in a safe, professional manner. And the best way to get the training you need is with Aerial Lift Certification. Our OSHA-compliant aerial lift training modules are designed with comprehensive safety in mind.

While not all accidents can be avoided, you give yourself the best chance of avoiding job site blunders with thorough, on-target training. To get started now, or find out more on the 3 types of training ALC offers (Bundle Package, Train the Trainer and our Training Kit), please visit the Aerial Lift Certification contact page or call us at (888) 278-8896.

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