Aerial lifts are one of the most frequently used pieces of equipment on most job sites. Pipefitters use aerial lifts. Carpenters use aerial lifts. Laborers and Ironworkers use aerial lifts. Just about every trade, at one time or another, uses aerial lifts to safely perform their work. The frequency of their use means that we have become familiar with how to safely use them. However, the frequency of their use can also make us over-familiar. An author by the name of Rick Warren famously wrote this: “Familiarity breeds Complacency”. This can be true in our lives in many ways and can also be true with our work. Let’s take a fresh look at some potential hazards and safe work practices associated with this piece of equipment that we use all of the time.
Prior to operation, check for the following hazards: