Aerial lifts have replaced ladders and scaffolding on many work sites. They have also helped to improve the safety and efficiency of many types of projects. However, OSHA investigates an average of 26 aerial lift-related deaths each year due to not complying with safety standards.
Business is going well. Your aerial lift workers are up to speed with their safety training. You can’t recall the last time you had an accident. Then, out of the blue, OSHA says they want to inspect your work site.
A visit from OSHA is a real cause for concern. Even a single violation can result in a costly fine up to $13,000. If you have a track record of violations, or one that causes a serious injury or death, it gets worse. For example, OSHA fined the supermarket chain Wegmans $188,000 for repeated safety violations.