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Anatomy of an Aerial Lift | Interactive Content

Aerial lifts come in many different types and sizes, including boom lifts, scissor lifts, bucket lifts and more. The designs of aerial lifts can vary widely, but they all have certain basic components and functionalities. Understanding the different parts of an aerial lift can help you:

  • Use it more efficiently and effectively
  • Keep it better maintained
  • Know what to look for during daily inspections
  • Make cost-effective decisions about whether to repair or replace parts
  • Detect minor issues that could become major problems
  • And much more!

Articulating Boom Lifts

The articulating boom lift provides access to otherwise hard-to-reach areas. Its main benefits include:

  • Good stability when working at high elevations
  • Some of the highest vertical reach of all aerial lifts
  • Great mobility – can move up, out, over and around the work area

Let’s look at the key components of these versatile lifts.

  • Steer wheels: The front wheels attach to the steering axle and are used primarily to steer the lift when in motion.
  • Chassis/frame: One of the main structural design components, the frame provides support for the rest of the lift.
  • Drive wheels: The rear wheels attach to the driving axle and provide the power to drive the lift. Some lifts come with 4-wheel drive, in which case the front wheels are still used for steering.
  • Ground console: This unit holds the controls for driving and operating every aspect of the lift.
  • Jib: This consists of a projecting arm attached to the platform to extend the reach of the boom.
  • Rotator: A small cylinder connecting the platform to the jib, the rotator allows side-to-side movement of the platform.
  • Platform control console: Located on the platform, it provides all the controls the operator needs to control the lift while in the air.
  • Platform: Similar to a gas pedal on a car, the footswitch is used to position and drive the lift. It also operates the auxiliary controls from the platform.
  • Tower lift cylinder: uses hydraulics to raise and lower the two main boom sections.
  • Upright level cylinder: Works with the main cylinder to control the movement of the main base and fly sections.
  • Jib lift cylinder: Controls the movement of the jib.
  • Slave cylinder: Works with the jib lift cylinder to raise and lower the jib.
  • Main base section & main fly section: These two sections are adjoined to each other to provide the height and extension for the platform.
  • Tower base section and tower fly section: Together, these provide the structure and support for the main base and fly sections and the platform
  • Guardrails: These are designed to keep workers from falling. They also contain anchor points for attaching lanyards.

Understanding different parts of a boom lift and what they do will make you a better operator. To become a safer operator, get trained and certified at!  Sign up for our convenient online courses today!

Staying Safe On the Job – Tips & Tricks from Industry Leaders

Safety isn’t just an important thing for employees – it’s the only thing. That’s certainly true for aerial lift and scissor lift operators., the online leader in OSHA compliant aerial work platform training, knows the financial, legal, and (most critically) personal consequences of an unsafe work environment.

That’s why our training modules are used by companies all across the United States. We realize that safety always comes first – no exceptions.

It’s good to know that training firms like aren’t the only ones concerned about safety. We recently reached out to different business leaders, CEOs, safety supervisors and other industry luminaries about job safety.

The response was overwhelming, and we’d like to share a few of the responses below. Enjoy!

Assessments, Awareness, Equipment & More – Safety Recommendations from Business Leaders

For Syed Irfan Ajmal, an internationally renowned speaker, podcast host, and digital marketing guru, the enormous impact of on the job injuries illustrates the importance of safe work practices. “According to recent statistics, nearly 104 million production days were lost due to work-related injuries in 2017 alone,” said Mr. Ajmal.

To ensure safety, Mr. Ajmal (founder of SIA Enterprises) stresses the importance of protective gear. “Ensure employees wear protective gear at all costs while working,” said Mr. Ajmal. “What’s more, health and safety training should be a part of job training, since it enables every individual to actively involve if any incident occurs. Also, have first aid kits or medical resources available onsite and display clear signs for the employees and outsiders explaining why it is  unsafe.”

Personal protective gear is one of the most overlooked aspects of aerial lift operations, particularly in harsh outdoor conditions. Mr. Ajmal’s point is well taken, especially for any aerial work platform employee who has braved blustery winds, cold temperatures, and other adverse situations.

Whether you’re in an office environment involved with construction and repair work, keeping a safety-first attitude is crucial for safety. But the equipment shouldn’t be overlooked. Alex Berezowski, Owner & General Manager of The Foundation Experts Inc., a foundation repair and home waterproofing company, says that having the right tools and equipment for the job is also important.

“There’s definitely a lot to look out for when on a worksite, which is why the number one tip for staying safe is to make sure you have the right equipment,” said Mr. Berezowski. “For instance, on most worksites, there can be a lot of cement and dust flying through the air, which is why you need to be wearing the right glasses to protect your eyes. It’s also dangerous to get any in your mouth and lungs, which is why masks are a big safety accessory.”

Wearing a safety mask may seem like a minor detail, but respiratory problems can develop into big problems down the road. Sometimes, gearing up properly isn’t just for the short term – it’s for optimal health, even after you’re done working.

A proper assessment of working conditions is another big safety factor. “Another hazard on many worksites is the fact that you’re often working in tight spaces. For the most part, there’s always a lot of traffic going on in that small area, so it’s important to have a high level of spatial awareness,” said Mr. Berezowski. Since there’s a lot of high powered machines and even chemicals in the area, you need to be aware of where everything is. In other words, always be alert of your surroundings – never assume anything. Safety is too important to ignore.”

Continuing on the theme provided by The Foundation Experts, Nina LaRosa likewise recommends a careful, coordinated, comprehensive assessment of the working environment.

Ms. LaRosa, Marketing Director of online training and LMS software company Moxie Media, suggests a thorough Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to avoid on the job pitfalls and hazards. “A Job Safety Analysis allows you to systematically prepare for potential safety issues,” said Ms. LaRosa. “It uses a three-step process to break a job down into its steps, identify the potential dangers of each step, and establish processes
to minimize or even eliminate those dangers. This way, you don’t have to wait until an accident occurs to create safety measures for your worksite.”

Training and preparedness are paramount for job safety, and also required by OSHA. “In our experience, a JSA can help reduce the risk of a variety of hazards and incidents,” continued Ms. LaRosa. “This could include preventing heat-related medical conditions, working with hazardous materials, reducing exposure to fire hazards, preventing hearing loss, correctly using personal protective equipment (PPE), working in confined spaces, and more.”

There’s an old saying that applies to Ms. LaRosa’s safety suggestions: victory loves preparation. “Victory” in this sense refers to performing job duties comfortably, safety, all while avoiding accidents and injuries on the job.

We hope you can take this knowledge and apply it to your own line of work. For customers, that means complete job site assessments, protective gear and more for aerial work platform duties.

From Safety Tips & Tricks to OSHA Compliant Training, Has You Covered! offers the best training and evaluation tools you’ll find anywhere. Our affordable prices, convenient online access, and lifetime support ensure your employees are compliant and safe for a variety of working conditions. Sign up and register your company today and see how our training modules can keep your training costs under control, all while creating a safer workplace.

We’d like to thank all of the responses we received! Together, we can ALL ensure safer, more productive workspaces for employees everywhere!