LIFTS AND PLATFORMS
of Safe Practices is for operations involving:
operated elevating work platforms or "scissors lifts"
mounted telescoping and rotating elevating work platforms or "condors",
forklifts with attached
operate aerial elevating work platforms unless you have been
trained and certified in the safe operation of these work platforms.
Certification can be fulfilled by completing the industry wide
training program sponsored by the Contract Services Administration
Trust Fund (CSATF). Training qualification and certification
credentials will be accepted from participating studios and
authorized training agencies.
not use this equipment if you feel dizzy, ill, or unsteady in
any way. Do not use while under the influence of prescription
sure all labels and placards are legible and in good condition.
Read and understand them. Report discrepancies to you supervisor.
all personnel when the platform is being raised or lowered.
not sit or stand on guardrails or use guardrails to carry materials. Do not allow overhang of materials when elevating
only within the platform guardrail area and do not attempt to
increase the working height by any other means. Do not lean
out over the railings to work.
not release the levelers or outriggers while the platform is
not use lift to do work which would result in horizontal force
being applied to the work platform.
not use without chain rail/guardrail in place.
- Do not use near moving vehicles.
- Always charge batteries
in well-ventilated areas free of sparks and open flames.
- Do not exceed manufacturer's
- Always inspect equipment
prior to operation for condition, security, damage, and defects.
This includes making sure all operational controls are in proper
- Evaluate the job to be done
against the job site location for potential hazards.
- Do not operate an aerial
elevating work platform within 10 feet of an energized, high
voltage source unless danger from accidental contact with the
source has been effectively guarded against. Increase clearances
with increased voltages.
- The operation of aerial
platforms OVER energized, high voltage sources of any kind is
prohibited at all times.
- See to it that the jobsite's
surface is stable and will support the equipment, and there
are no hazardous irregularities or accumulation of debris which
might cause the moving platform to overturn.
- Soft surfaces or soundstage
flooring with pits or weight restrictions may require grip track
(to spread the load) or outriggers (to add stability). Always
observe stage floor load restrictions.
- Survey the route to be used,
check for overhead obstructions, traffic, holes in the pavement,
ground, or shoulder, ditches, slope of the road, etc.
- SAFETY HARNESSES - always
wear \an approved safety harness with lanyard when using an
aerial/elevating work platform.
the safety lanyard securely to the boom, basket, tub, or platform.
tie off to an adjacent pole, structure or equipment while working
from basket, tub, or platform.
the safety lanyard in a manner that prevents a free fall of
more than four feet.
not load the basket, tub, or platform beyond its rated capacity.
not attempt to raise the platform/basket beyond its rated maximum
height or reach.
attach aerial baskets, tubs, or platforms to, nor support them
by, any adjacent structures.
place ladders, planks, or any other objects in or on top of
the platform (or guardrail) to gain greater height.
not climb or sit on the edge of the basket/platform.
- Reset the brake system whenever
workers are being elevated in the vehicle.
- Make sure that outriggers
are on solid footing and equipped
with hydraulic holding valves or mechanical locks at the outriggers.
- Operate all controls slowly
for smooth platform movement.
- Never operate lower level
controls at the base of the platform when workers are in the
basket, except in emergencies.
- Never use boom mounted,
telescoping or rotating aerial platforms as cranes.
- Always travel in the full-down
or stowed position for maximum stability.
- If the lift manufacturer
approves traveling with the platform in a raised position ('towering"),
use extreme caution and a very low speed.
Always pay attention to overhead hazards and your travel
- Do not wear "Climbers",
pole climbing equipment, while performing work from an aerial
- Where traffic or moving
vehicles are present, mark the
work area around the aerial equipment by flags, signs, traffic
cones, or other means of traffic control.
- Perform remote control operation only from the side of the aerial
platform: never from in front of, or behind the vehicle.