The RIGHT Setup for aerial lift safety.

Each and every time you use an aerial, scissor or boom lift, it is important to be certain that it is set up properly and safely. Anyone operating the lift, as well as all designated Safety Contacts at your school, should be thoroughly trained in how to set up the lift properly. Always refer to the owner’s manual for your lift, and other materials provided by the lift manufacturer and national safety organizations.

Some things to remember when setting up your lift:

Thoroughly inspect the lift prior to every use

  1. Conduct walk-around visual inspection, looking for damaged components, cracks or corrosion, excessive wear and any loose, deformed or missing bolts, pins, fasteners, locking devices or covers.
  2. Check electrical systems related to the aerial device for malfunction, signs of excessive deterioration, dirt and moisture accumulation.
  3. Check all safety devices for proper operation.
  4. Test the controls.
  5. Make sure all controls are clearly marked as to their function and the manufacturer’s operating manual is present on the lift.
  6. It is recommended that each institution create a pre-use inspection checklist.

Set the lift in the right location.

  1. Set the lift up on FIRM, LEVEL ground.
  2. Secure the wheels with chocks and/or set the brakes.
  3. Choose a location that allows you to maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet from the nearest overhead power lines.
  4. Check for drop-offs, holes, slopes, debris and other potential hazards.

Operate the lift sensibly.

  1. Always refer to the owner’s manual, or recognized national safety organizations such as American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the International Standards Organization (ISO) for detailed safety procedures.
  2. Do NOT use the lift when the weather is bad (see The RIGHT Weather Information to learn more)
  3. Unless designed to do so, never move the lift while the boom/basket is extended.
  4. Do not exceed the maximum weight limit for the basket.
  5. Do not extend the basket while on a slope.
  6. Never attempt to climb outside the basket, or over-extend your reach beyond the guardrails.
  7. Always treat power lines, wires and other conductors as energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated.
  8. Maintain the lift according to the standards recommended by the manufacturer.

These are some of the main considerations when determining the RIGHT Setup for your aerial lift. For more information, please refer to your lift’s operating manual of responsibilities which every user must acquire.

Please also visit the Links and Resources page for additional resources that provide more information.