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How to Buy an Aerial Lift

Over the past three years, prices for aerial lifts have been going up and down, partly because of rising costs of materials and regulatory compliance, and partly because of increased competition from imports. To help buyers of aerial lifts make the best purchasing decisions, IBIS, a global leader in the publication of business intelligence, has produced a procurement report on aerial lifts.aerial group

The complete report is available for purchase from the website. The report is 15 to 20 pages long and costs $95. From here in the cheap seats, we present a few bullet points from the freely available content.

  • Things that affect the price of aerial work platforms include size, type and scope of the produce.
  • Factors that influence aerial lift prices are things like size, functionality and style.
  • Don’t be put off by high purchase prices. Most suppliers can make this up to you in the form of competitive prices for maintenance services.
  • Rental firms, retailers of construction equipment and the military are in a better buying position because they make high-volume purchases and because manufacturers are competing with each other for their business.
  • Other influences on aerial lift prices are such diverse factors as the price of steel (growing at an average rate of 3.3%), government spending and demand from contractors.
  • Buyers have better leverage with standard products as opposed to customized products.

The full report goes into greater depth about product characteristics that affect the purchasing decision, supply chain risks, supplier benchmarking and advice on good questions to ask during negotiations and the best negotiating tactics. The price of a standard lift with the greatest reach capability can cost as much as $150,000 so if you are charged with the responsibility of procuring one, this is not something that you want to screw up.  For 95 bucks, buying the full report is probably a good investment if you want to go onto the shop floor of your local aerial lift dealership armed with credible data and analysis.




Vert-Alert™ Aerial Lift Warning System

The importance of aerial lift safety is paramount to any successful line or cable installation. Here’s a little-known fact: over the past 3 years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued more than 8,500 citations associated with improper use (or total disregard) of fall protection equipment. To put it another way, OSHA hands out more than 7 fall protection-related safety citations every day of the year. Many citations involve minor incidents, while others are handed down because of blatant violations of basic worker safety. If you’re involved with elevated cable and line work, chances are you’ll be scrutinized by OSHA (if you haven’t already).

To assist your company or organization in meeting & exceeding OSHA requirements, the Peluse Vert-Alert™ lift warning system, distributed by the Hi-Line Utility Co., helps ensure worker safety with plenty of smart, essential features.

  • Voice Messages

If your lift is switched to “Up” or “Lift” mode, and the safety harness is not attached to the anchorage, the Vert-Alert™ system automatically announces, “Warning! Attach safety harness lanyard.” The system also has audio for your lift’s “Down” control. In this mode, a high decibel message states, “Warning! Lift descending!”

  • Advanced Data Processing

The Vert-Alert™ lift warning system keeps a running log of data. It analyzes performance every time the alarm activates, and also tracks the date & time of each lanyard connect / disconnect. This information keeps your safety protocols ahead of the curve. You can pinpoint those times where safety

  • Easy Integration

Best of all, the Vert-Alert™ system is easily installed on new and existing equipment.

The Vert-Alert™ aerial lift warning system is perfect for public utility companies, private firms and more. Even one small slip-up can have devastating consequences. Each job presents its own unique challenges and safety concerns. But with the Vert-Alert™ aerial lift warning system in place, you can avoid many of those potential hazards from the start.

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The 5 Types of Aerial Work Platforms

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It’s time to get to higher ground with these aerial lifts. Whether it’s washing windows or rescuing lives from buildings, these lifts are commonly used for a variety of occasions. Aerial devices can be controlled to extend the lift in several different directions, which can often include “up and over” applications. However, there are a few types of aerial lifts that are designed to perform different tasks.5-types-aerial-lift-infographic

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The “Spider”

The boom lift, aka The Spider, is often set up outside a building and resembles a spider with 4 legs. The lift resembles a cherry picker. Originally designed for orchards, it allows the individual to pick high up fruits with ease. Nowadays, it is frequently used for construction and to maintain overhead line, spruce up tall trees and even assist firefighters in areas that are difficult to access. The spider lift has a bucket at the end of the boom where workers stand to access the work area. Since it is mounted on a vehicle, it comes with durable tires and can be driven on uneven terrain.

Articulated Boom Lifts

An articulated boom lift, also known as a knuckle lift, has a work platform on an extended arm that can reach up and over obstacles, resembling your finger when you bend it. Articulated boom lifts have a turntable at the base which allows the lift to swivel in a full circle. This type of machine is used mainly for maintenance work and other tasks that are difficult to access. Unlike a scissor lift which can only extend directly above itself, articulated boom lifts are types of aerial lifts that can be used for repair jobs on the exterior of buildings, including piping. They provide convenience for hard-to-reach areas and can be used on uneven terrain.

Telescopic Boom Lifts

This type of aerial lift is used for tasks that require maximum reach capabilities. A work platform is mounted on a straight, long arm that sits on a movable turntable. Telescopic boom lifts are not like articulated boom lifts that can bend and curve over obstacles; telescopic lifts are types of aerial lifts that can only access areas that are straight above or at a direct angle. Electrical repair, window washing, and other maintenance jobs are the most common that employ the assistance of a telescopic boom lift.

Scissor lift

One of the most preferred lifts, scissor lifts are a type of platform that can typically only move vertically. According to Wikipedia, the upward motion is achieved by the application of pressure to the outside of the lowest set of supports, elongating the crossing pattern, and propelling the work platform vertically. The platform may also have an extending “bridge” to allow closer access to the work area, because of the inherent limits of vertical-only movement.

Scissor lifts are much more limited in use compared to the other types of aerial lifts including articulated and telescopic boom lifts because they have to be situated directly underneath itself. They also cannot reach maximum heights. Therefore, they are best for indoor use like basic maintenance work and painting since the larger-sized bucket can accommodate multiple workers and equipment. There are rough terrain scissor lifts available to handle slightly uneven terrain when outdoor work is required.

Aerial lift

Resembling the cherry picker, the aerial lift is often a popular choice for getting to higher ground. According to OSHA, Aerial lifts are vehicle-mounted, boom-supported aerial platforms. These lifts are used to access utility lines and other above ground job sites. While aerial lifts can be a blanket term used to describe boom lifts and scissor lifts, the original design of an aerial lift was used to drive to outdoor job sites to access electrical lines, trees, and more. Aerial lifts are usually controlled by the operator on the platform.

Safety is also a huge priority with these lifts. OSHA states that the major causes of fatalities are falls, electrocutions, collapses, or tip overs. Employers must take measures to ensure the safe use of aerial lifts by their workers if they are required to use this equipment.

Operators must take their lives into their own hands and be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially when working near electrical power lines that may be live. Safety products like lanyards that attach to the bucket as well as hard hats and rubber clothing are needed for utmost safety on the job.

If you’re an aerial lift worker, and you still need to complete your aerial lift certification, check out On our website, you can read more about the various types of aerial lifts, the dangers involved with operating, and how you can avoid hazards that lead to serious accidents.

How to get an Aerial Lift Certification

There are approximately 1.5 million aerial lifts in use around the world. From January to September 2012, 26 fatalities in 25 aerial lift accidents were reported worldwide. This means that working in an airlift is considerably safer than travelling to work. For the sake of 15 minutes, your workplace could be even safer. That’s right, 15 minutes is all it takes to train and certify your aerial lift operators to OSHA standards.

According to the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), the main causes of aerial lift accidents involving fatalities are:

  • Fall from platform
  • Electrocution
  • Overturn
  • Entrapment
  • Mechanical or Technical

When operators fall from their platform, this is invariably because someone has failed to use a harness and a short lanyard. While you can’t always be in control of your employees’ behavior, you can make sure they are properly trained and certified. That’s where we come in.

We bet you’re still wondering How to get an Aerial Lift Certification. CertifyMeOnline has a simple, fast, inexpensive OSHA-compliant package that includes:

  • Operator training
  • Operator cards
  • Aerial/Scissor lift certification
  • Hands-on evaluation forms

All this, without having to worry about hiring expensive training consultants or loss of productivity from ‘Training Days.’ Your operation is safer with no fear of heavy OSHA fines or denied insurance claims.

While your operators need classroom-style instruction on OSHA safety requirements, they also need hands-on training on hazards that are specific to the equipment they are expected to use and on the individual peculiarities of their particular worksite (terrain, hazards, etc.). We provide the classroom training (via the Internet), checklists for hands-on evaluation and the necessary credentials required by OSHA.

Once you have registered your company on the CertifyMeOnline system, register your students and pay $75 per student, your operators may log in from any computer 24/7. The training and online curriculum test take up to 60 minutes. Because students may review and correct their answers, we have a 100% pass rate. Certificate, operator card and hands-on evaluation are automatically printed while the original certificate and card are mailed to you within seven to ten days.

Contact us to see how your company can be safe and OSHA compliant.