According to OSHA, one of the most common types of aerial lift accidents is tip overs, and the second leading cause of injury and fatality involving aerial lifts. While preventing aerial lift tip overs is largely in the hands of the operators, employers can do their part by ensuring all workers are properly trained and have a safe working environment. Continue reading
OSHA makes updates to their regulations every year with the objective to continuously improve workplace safety and efficiency. When workplace functions are more efficient, safety is often easier to obtain and hazards are more easily and quickly caught to help prevent accidents from happening. For 2017, OSHA is updating their policies on tracking workplace injuries and illnesses, and the policy on walking-working surfaces and personal fall protection systems to make workplaces safer and more efficient.
How to Cone Off and Taper an Aerial Lift Work Zone
A recent incident on December 13, 2016, made news when a local resident captured a video of improper work zone marking performed by utility workers. Comcast employees failed to properly alert and steer drivers clear of the aerial lift work zone and consider the slippery road conditions, causing a few slide-offs and one minor collision.
The most common cause of fatal accidents on work sites in the construction industry are from falls, according to the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report made by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The census included accidents caused by violence, transportation incidences, fires and explosions, exposure to harmful substances, and contact with objects and equipment. Due to the amount of annual fall-related fatalities and the relationship between operators’ actions and the equipment’s influence, OSHA has made safety training a requirement for all construction workers, especially heavy equipment operators. As part of this training, the Fall Protection program was created to deliver comprehensive information specifically on fall hazards, teaching workers how to recognize them and avoid them to protect their life and the lives of others around them. Continue reading
OSHA states that the top hazards associated with aerial lifts are electrocutions, falls from elevations, tip-overs and collapses, being struck by falling objects, and ejections from the aerial lift platform. If you’re a construction worker and you operate aerial lifts or are consistently around them, it is essential to your safety to complete an aerial lift certification and learn about the hazards that cause injuries and deaths every year. Complete your aerial lift safety training and you’ll be properly prepared to recognize and avoid these top hazards associated with aerial lifts. Continue reading