Is your warehouse prepared for an emergency situation?
If not, you’re tempting fate. Should disaster strike, a bad situation could quickly become 100 times worse.
Having an emergency plan in place for anything that comes your way isn’t just a smart, sound safety practice – it’s literally the difference between injuries and serious injuries, or life and death!
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.
Working at height requires a keen focus on safety. This starts with having the right equipment for keeping workers safe on the job. For years, scaffolding was the safest way to work above ground. But since the invention of scissor and other aerial lifts, scaffolding has taken a back seat when it comes to worker safety.