Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Safety Tips When Operating Aerial Equipment - “Do’s & Don'ts”

Training: Only those authorized and who have received general instructions, regarding the inspection, application and operation shall operate such equipment.

Operator of equipment must familiarization themselves with the manufactures Operators Manual prior to the use of equipment. Particular reference must be made to the operator responsibility.

Work-site Safety: Before equipment is used, the work-site shall be surveyed for hazards such as:

  • Un-tamped earth fills
  • Ditches
  • Drop offs
  • Debris
  • Overhead obstructions
  • Weather conditions

Safety: The two main risks associated with operating aerial equipment.

  • Electrocution caused by operating too close to power lines.
  • Injuries caused by falling as a result of equipment failure or the operator performing an unsafe or unstable maneuver.
  • A safe attitude is very important when operating equipment.

The Do’s and Don’ts: The following illustrates unsafe conditions that may occur during the use of aerial equipment.

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