When the subject of aerial lift safety is brought up, many hazards come to mind:
– Stability (wet or uneven terrain, etc.)
– Power lines
– Tip overs
– Trees, bridges and other overhead dangers
– And many more
Here’s another hazard you might not think about often, but is still a significant danger: objects falling from aerial lifts and scissor lifts.
Training costs money. And it also saves you money – much more than the actual cost of instruction, evaluation, and everything else related to the safety training process.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all forklift operators have thorough equipment training before using any aerial lift, scissor lift, or other type of aerial work platform (AWP).
Nature isn’t always kind to industrial job sites. In fact, it can often be downright ugly. High winds, floods, fires, earthquakes and tornadoes are just some of the natural disasters that can ruin a project. But disasters can also be manmade. These can include toxic gas releases, chemical spills, explosions and more.
A boom lift is an aerial work platform that enables people to work safely in high places. Boom lifts have many applications, including work situations that are hard to reach and dangerous. There are many types of boom lifts to choose from. Three of the most popular include articulating, telescopic and atrium. The type of boom used depends on three main factors:
1. Maximum height of the workspace
2. Maximum weight the boom can support
3. Whether the boom can be angled or simply lifted straight up and down
Workplace safety is a global concern. The United Nations’ International Labor Organization estimates that each day, 6,300 people die throughout the world from accidents on the job or work-related illnesses. That comes to more than 2.3 million deaths a year. The economic impact of employees killed or hurt while at work is estimated to be four percent of the Global Gross Domestic Product, which is the value of all goods and services produced worldwide. That four percent amounts to over three trillion dollars a year!