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National Aerial Lift Safety Week

I think you’ll agree that no one should risk their life by driving an aerial lift without proper training. Unfortunately, an average of 26 deaths occur every year from aerial lift accidents. Aerial lifts are large, heavy equipment and have a great potential to be dangerous, resulting in tip-overs, electrocution, falls, and crushing. Untrained workers are often the root cause of these accidents. Without proper safety training, employees are simply unable to recognize hazardous situations.

According to OSHA, some of the most common injuries and fatalities caused by aerial lifts are falling from elevated levels, objects falling from lifts, tip-overs, ejections from the lift platform, structural collapses, electrocutions, entanglement hazards, contact with objects, and contact with ceilings and other overhead objects. As a way to try and prevent these accidents from happening, AerialliftCertification.com is declaring a National Aerial Lift Safety Week. We ask all workers to pledge that they will not operate an aerial lift without proper training. Our mission is to help reduce the number of workplace fatalities that occur every year, including the following tragedies.

Past Aerial Lift Tragedies

In February 2016, A Massachusetts man, Kevin Miranda, died after an aerial lift he was operating flipped over. Federal officials have reported that the fatal accident could have been prevented. According to OSHA, the lift was positioned on unstable ground, which is in direct conflict with industry safety standards, in addition to the lift’s operator manual. Miranda apparently did not attach his lanyard to the basket or boom. He was not trained to recognize this hazard.

October 2015, aerial lift operator, Robert Heyman, was fatally crushed between the lift basket and the roof overhang. And in August of last year, two construction workers were killed when they were thrown from an aerial lift that tipped over. It is unknown why the lift tipped over.

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How to Avoid Aerial Lift Tragedies and Accidents

What is the best way to prevent these accidents? Training. According to OSHA’s Aerial Lift Fact Sheet, “Only trained and authorized persons are allowed to operate an aerial lift. Training should include: Explanations of electrical, fall, and falling object hazards; procedures for dealing with hazards; recognizing and avoiding unsafe conditions in the work setting; instructions for correct operation of the lift (including maximum intended load and load capacity); demonstrations of the skills and knowledge needed to operate an aerial lift before operating it on the job; when and how to perform inspections; and manufacturer’s requirements.”

OSHA penalizes all employers and companies who willfully neglect to follow their safety regulations by handing out costly fines. For example, in the Kevin Miranda case, OSHA had determined that Miranda’s employer had not properly trained him to recognize the hazard that caused his death. As a result, they are fining Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corp. $102,900.

Pledge to Aerial Lift Safety

Are you ready to take a stand and refuse to risk your life by being uneducated? AerialliftCertification.com is an online training platform that only takes about one hour to complete. It is 100% OSHA compliant, comprehensive, and very affordable, costing only $299 for the training kit. Workers will learn how to operate aerial lifts safely and effectively, inspect the equipment, and assess their environment for any hazards.

So many spouses, children, and parents have lost their loved ones to preventable accidents. Such a simple and easy training has the incredible power to prevent these tragic deaths from happening. AerialliftCertification.com asks you to take the pledge between 6/6/2016 – 6/12/2016 to never operate an aerial lift without proper training. Now it’s time to ask yourself, is your life worth it?

Go to AerialliftCertification.com right now and create an account to get started today.

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