Common Causes of Aerial Lift Accidents

We all know that accidents happen. But sometimes they can be stopped. At Safety Solutions & Supply, we want to tell you how you can limit your aerial lift accidents. While aerial lifts come in many different sizes, the factors that affect their safety level are very similar.

Common Causes of Aerial Lift Accidents

  • Electrocutions
    Contact with overhead power lines is the main cause of electrocutions, and this can be prevented by wearing the proper personal protection equipment, setting the lift on stable ground, and securing the lift so it doesn’t tip over. Workers should always stay at least 10 feet away from the lift and wear insulated hard-hats, voltage-rated shoes, rubber gloves and sleeves, and other protective clothing.
  • Falls
    Getting hit by another vehicle is the most common cause of an aerial lift accident. Preventive measures such as making sure all cables and harnesses are attached should be taken before operating a lift. Workers should also make sure they are standing firmly on the floor of the bucket, all access gates are closed, and that they never lean on or climb over the guard rails.
  • Tip-overs
    This is one of the most common accidents when it comes to lifts. You can take action to prevent this by not setting up the aerial lift between overhead hazards, following the load capacity limits, and using the lift on even terrain only.
  • Getting Caught Between the Lift and an Object
    When the bucket is being moved, a worker can get caught between the edge of the bucket and another object. In order to prevent this type of accident, workers should inspect the equipment, avoid wearing loose clothing, stay clear of overhead hazards, and keep a safe distance from the work area if they are on the ground.
  • Getting Hit by an Outside Object
    This type of accident injures and kills workers every year. To prevent this, workers should be more aware of their surroundings and avoid risky structures.  

 
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