The Importance of Aerial Equipment Safety
Category: Equipment and Solutions
Aerial lifts provide easy access to rooftops and other high job sites, making them an integral part of certain construction projects. While necessary, aerial equipment can be dangerous without proper instruction.
Lack of training can result in injury from falls, tip-overs or electrocutions. To avoid potential safety or financial risk, implementing safety training is a crucial part of aerial lift operation.
In this training program, your operators will learn a variety of important tips to uphold best practices in aerial equipment safety.
Wear Protective Equipment
One of the most important lessons is also one of the most straightforward. Simply wearing protective equipment ensures that your workers take the necessary precautions to avoid potential injury. Protective equipment often includes a hard hat, steel-toe boots and safety glasses — loose clothing should be avoided.
In terms of aerial lift safety, this protective equipment helps minimize potential injuries and ensures that if anything were to go wrong, the worker is as protected as possible. Avoiding loose-fitting clothing also prevents the material from getting stuck on the lift.
Focus on the Equipment
Showing your operators the importance of focusing solely on operating the equipment during relevant tasks is crucial to cut down on injuries or safety violations. Making jokes or fooling around can put other workers at risk when operating an aerial lift.
To ensure both the operator and other workers’ safety, teach your project team to remain concentrated on the aerial equipment. This lesson will also make other workers feel safer when an operator is using the machine to lift them or moving it around the site.
Maintain a Safe Distance From Power Lines
Power lines are one of the main causes of accidents when operating an aerial lift. Because power lines are often the same height as aerial lifts, keeping a distance from them requires the operator to make a concerted effort to avoid them.
When operating aerial equipment, power lines and other wires should always be treated as live. Maintaining a distance of about 10 feet is ideal.
Trust the Safety Features
Without proper training, an aerial lift operator may think that they know when to override the lift’s safety features. However, training will teach these workers that the safety features are in place for a reason.
Overriding the safety features of aerial equipment could endanger the operator’s safety and that of the other workers. Understanding and utilizing these safety features should be foundational in teaching the use of aerial lifts.
Be Mindful of Capacity Limits
Knowing and adhering to an aerial lift’s specified capacity is crucial, as it ensures that the machine will continue to function as it should. Operators should always be mindful of the machine’s weight limit, even if observing it requires extra time and additional trips.
Aerial lift training will emphasize the importance of calculating the weight of the user, other workers and equipment. Soon, weight calculation will become second nature.
Schedule Aerial Safety Training With NMC The Cat® Rental Store
At NMC The Cat® Rental Store, we want to ensure that your workers know how to operate our equipment in the safest way possible. To schedule an appointment for aerial operator training, contact our team today!