Monthly Archives: October 2013

How to Buy an Aerial Lift

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.

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Elliott Unveils Its Tallest Aerial Work Platform

elliott unveils its largest aerial lift

Elliott unveiled its tallest aerial lift, the E160/215, at ICUEE 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mounted on a federal bridge legal 5-axle chassis, the rig has 215 feet of working height, 80-foot side reach, 30,000 pounds of material handling capacity and 1,200 pounds of platform capacity. Continue reading

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.

To learn more about the Vert-Alert™ system, please visit http://www.pelsue.com/vert-alert/ or http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/2013/09/vert-alert-aerial-lift-warning-system.html.

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.