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Based on: 29 CFR 1910.67: Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms

Languages: Available in 2 languages

Aerial Work Platform Safety

Training Time: 20 minutes

Aerial work platforms provide a temporary workspace as an alternative to ladders or scaffolding. They can be used to perform inspection, maintenance, or repairs. This course describes basic types of aerial work platforms and how to work with them safely. It provides an overview of safety requirements, controls, preparation, work rules, hazards, and other safety precautions related to elevated platforms. This course discusses vertical towers, articulating boom platforms, aerial ladders, and extensible boom platforms.

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Scissor lift in warehouse with guy fixing light

Aerial work platforms can be used to perform inspection, maintenance or repairs.

Work platform tipped over on its side

Failure to follow correct safety procedures can result in serious injury to operators and others nearby.

Operating a lift in the rain

Be sure to pay attention to changes in the weather when operation aerial work platforms outdoors.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify aerial work platform types
  • Describe requirements for equipment and controls
  • List considerations that must be taken prior to operating an aerial work platform
  • List safe work practices
  • Recognize existing hazards of aerial work platforms
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Aerial Work Platform Safety FAQs

What is an aerial work platform?
A temporary workspace that can be used as an alternative to ladders or scaffolding.

What are the common parts of an aerial work platform?
The chassis (or base), the boom, and the platform or basket.

What are some types of aerial work platforms?
Extensible boom platforms, aerial ladders, articulating boom platforms, and vertical towers.

What are some requirements regarding aerial work platforms?
The platform must have guardrails, intermediate rails, and toe-boards on all open sides, or must be enclosed up to 42 inches; guards must protect the worker from contact with the boom or elevating machinery; and signs or labels that indicate the safe working load limit and the safe operable wind speed limit be must posted.

How many sets of powered controls does an aerial work platform have?
Two-one on the platform and another on the chassis. The lower set of controls must be able to override the upper set, but only in emergencies or when the person being lifted gives permission.

What are some common causes of injuries and accidents?
Overturning, falling, collision, and electrical shock.

What are some safe work practices when working with aerial work platforms?
Obey the load limit; operate only when under the maximum safe wind speed; evaluate the ground for proper support capacity; place platform on safe grade that’s less than maximum allowed incline; only use outriggers in fully extended position; ensure adequate clearance of buildings, structures, and power lines; never use aerial work platform as a crane or hoist.

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