Monthly Archives: February 2014

Working Safely on Aerial Lifts

Face it, if aerial lifts, cherry pickers, bucket trucks and elevating platforms weren’t fun to work on, you would be doing something else to bring home the beer money. Stopping to think about safe working practices is a pain in the butt when you’ve got a job to do and a limited amount of time to get it done.

 Working Safely on Aerial Lifts


Working Safely on Aerial Lifts

Accidents involving aerial lifts account for between 2% and 3% of all construction-related fatalities, an average of 26 deaths per year. Most fatalities arise from a worker falling from a height of six feet or higher. More often than not, this is because of unsafe action on the part of the employee.

This is not to say that people who work on or around aerial lifts are reckless by nature. There are a lot of things to remember about workplace safety and, over time, stuff gets forgotten. This is why OSHA insists that aerial lift operators are properly trained and certified and why they have to be recertified every three years. One reason we publish this entertaining and informative blog is to reinforce the safety training you receive every time you get certified.

One painless way of keeping safety on the brain is to have a quick read of the OSHA Quick Card on safe working practices around aerial lifts. Do this once a week over your morning coffee and eventually it will become second nature. Among the safety hints on the  OSHA card are:

  • Keep a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet from the nearest power lines.
  • Always treat power lines as if they were energized.
  • If outriggers are provided, use them.
  • Don’t move the equipment with workers on an elevated platform (unless the manufacturer specifically says you can. If in doubt, don’t.)

You know, going aerial lift training with CertifyMeOnline is quick, cheap and easy. Why wait three years till your next recertification is due? Contact us now for a refresher and keep yourself, and your co-workers, safe.

 

The View From Above: Riding in a Genie SX-180 Aerial Lift

Are you afraid of heights? Then you might want to stay away from a certain new aerial lift! The Genie SX-180 telescopic boom, the world’s tallest aerial lift, can reach 180 feet above the ground.

The View From Above: Riding in a Genie SX-180 Aerial Lift

The View From Above: Riding in a Genie SX-180 Aerial Lift

Equipment World had an online article that showed a reporter on the lift. The Genie SX-180 can go 30 feet higher than the last “world’s tallest” boom, according to the report. And while that may not seem like much when you’re talking about hundreds of feet up, that distance is very important because it can access larger equipment. The Genie SX-180 is a great choice for construction companies, oil & gas firms, large-scale builders and many others.

Plus, the 180-foot distance can be reached in about 5 minutes – not quite the speed of your favorite rollercoaster (and that’s probably a good thing!), but not too slow, either.

So how much will you expect to pay if you want to rent the Genie SX-180 for a week? Somewhere between $10,000 and $15,000. That price is much cheaper than similar aerial lifts and truck-mounted booms. Genie thinks the SX-180 will be a popular choice as more and more companies use it.

At 180 feet above the ground, safety is a concern. If you’re thinking about becoming an aerial lift operator or working on a lift like the SX-180, it is very important to receive good training.

CertifyMeOnline.net is a great place to get certified on aerial lifts and booms like the Genie SX-180. You can get updated or new certification with our company. Our prices and quick online testing are a few reasons why CertifyMeOnline.net is so popular. Along with aerial lift training we also have excellent scissor lift certification, fall protection courses and much more.

Please give us a call at (602) 277-0615 to get started. You can also check out our contact page to send an email message. Aerial lift certification makes a smart first step in your new career. Thanks for visiting our website and reading our blog. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.