February 22, 2016
What is the most important thing you should understand before you use an aerial lift? The information in the operator's manual. Many, if not most, work-related injuries involving aerial lifts happen when operators assume they know how to operate a lift, but do not follow the manufacturer's instructions. Regardless of the type of lift you use – a boom-supported lift or a scissor lift – you must follow the lift manufacturer's operating and maintenance instructions. Also, you must be trained by a person who understands the hazards associated with the lift.
The following cases – taken from the Safety Notes column in past issues of Oregon OSHA's Resource newsletter – illustrate four different injury events involving aerial lifts. What did they have in common? The operators did not follow the instructions in the operator's manual.
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