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Aerial Lifts
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This topic covers aerial lifts, which are defined as any vehicle-mounted device with a bucket to lift personnel. There are various names for aerial lifts, including “bucket truck,” “cherry picker, and “snorkel lift.”

OSHA requirements for aerial lifts include equipment design standards, safe work practices, fall protection, electrical system testing, the safety factor for hydraulic and pneumatic components, and welding work. Construction and general-industry standards are very similar, with minor differences for firefighting equipment and training.

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Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Aerial Lifts - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Aerial Lifts - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.67 Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms  National
Forms Aerial lift pre-inspection form  National
Audio Presentations Aerial Lift Safety  National
Speaker's Notes Aerial Lift Safety - Script View  National
Handouts Aerial Lift Safety (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Aerial Lift Safety (PDF)  National
Training Exercises Aerial Lift Safety (PDF)  National
Trainer's Guides Aerial Lift Safety (PDF)  National
Handouts Aerial Lift Safety (PDF)  National
Quizzes Aerial Lift Safety (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Aerial Lift Safety (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
PowerPoints Aerial Lift Safety (PPT)  National
Quizzes Aerial Lift Safety (Word)  National
Plans Aerial lift safety plan  National
Regulatory Analysis Aerial Lifts  National
Notices Aerial Lifts Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's Approval of Information Collection Requirements 10/30/2013National
Notices Aerial Lifts; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's Approval of an Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirement 02/24/2010National
Quizzes Aerial Personnel Baskets Quiz (Word)  National
Meetings Aerial Personnel Baskets Training (Word)  National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Material Hoists, Personnel Hoists, and Elevators 05/18/2011National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Aerial Lifts Standard in Construction 01/07/2014National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Standard on Manlifts 01/31/2011National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platforms Standard 01/27/2012National
Questions & Answers Are employees required to wear a safety harness when using a scissor lift? 04/13/2011National
Questions & Answers Are you required to do an annual inspection of a man basket by a licensed inspector/expert? 09/14/2010National
Questions & Answers Do employees need to wear fall arrest equipment and be hooked up when working from an aerial lift? 07/12/2011National
Questions & Answers Do employees who operate aerial lifts such as JLG and the like need DOT physicals? The applicable sections under scaffolds in 29 1926 453 do not mention DOT physicals. We have an employer that says that it is a requirment. 07/06/2011National
Questions & Answers Do you have any training material on manlifts or cage lifts? 06/08/2010National
Questions & Answers How do I properly word a variance request for the use of an aerial lift for the following ... 08/27/2009National
Questions & Answers How long must the pre-inspection checklists for an aerial lift be kept at a facility? 10/13/2009National
Questions & Answers If I am simply moving a boom lift with the bucket all the way down just to get it out of the way or to move it to a location for service at our facility, must I wear a harness and be secured in the bucket? 02/11/2013National
Questions & Answers Is it required to have a ground person in addition to the operator when using any type of aerial work platforms? 07/14/2009National
Notices Kiewit Power Constructors Co. et al.; Application for a Permanent Variance and Request for Comments 03/21/2013National
Notices Manlifts; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's Approval of Information Collection Requirements 10/21/2010National
Interpretations Safety standards for aerial work platforms. 09/08/1993National
Handouts Scissor Lifts (PDF)  National
Quizzes Scissor Lifts (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Scissor Lifts (PDF) [OSHA Training System] (long outline)  National
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