Aerial lift safety is the responsibility of all those present on the job site, not just the person or persons in the lift. As such, those who work on the ground should be trained to assist with the overall safety precautions required when the lift is in operation.
- Warn operators when too close to power lines
- Don’t touch equipment if lift is close to power lines
- Watch for falling objects
- Be careful when lift is lowered
- Know emergency response procedures
Workers on the ground who work near equipment with aerial lifts are also exposed to a number of hazards and must take proper precautions. Ground workers also play an important role in helping to keep the employee in the aerial lift safe.
If you’re working on the ground, warn operators of aerial lifts when they are too close to power lines. Both the boom and lift must be kept a minimum of 10 feet from power lines.
Don’t touch the truck or base of the aerial lift if the lift is close to power lines. Remember, electricity wants to go toward the ground. If you touch the truck while standing on the ground, the current can go through you to the ground.
Watch out for falling objects such as tools and materials.
Always wear a hard hat to protect your head when working on the ground near an aerial lift, and never stand directly under the lift.
Also watch out for the boom and lift when the lift is lowered to make sure it doesn’t come down on you. The operator will be looking out for personnel on the ground but might miss someone because of a blind spot.
Finally, make sure you know emergency response procedures in case the worker in the lift is injured or can’t operate the controls.
The above information comes from BLR’s presentation “Aerial Lift Safety.” For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Aerial Lift Safety page.