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Aerial Lifts

Aerial lift trucks can accommodate various odd jobs involving high and tricky reaching spaces. Usually used to carry out daily maintenance in buildings with elevated ceilings, prune tree branches, hoist burdensome shelving units or fix phone cables. A ladder might also be used for many of the aforementioned tasks, although aerial hoists offer more safety and stability when correctly used.

There are a lot of versions of aerial hoists available on the market depending on what the task needed involves. Painters sometimes use scissor aerial jacks for instance, which are grouped as mobile scaffolding, useful in painting trim and reaching the 2nd story and higher on buildings. The scissor aerial hoists use criss-cross braces to stretch and enlarge upwards. There is a platform attached to the top of the braces that rises simultaneously as the criss-cross braces raise.

Bucket trucks and cherry pickers are another variety of aerial lift. They contain a bucket platform on top of an extended arm. As this arm unfolds, the attached platform rises. Platform lifts use a pronged arm that rises upwards as the lever is moved. Boom hoists have a hydraulic arm that extends outward and hoists the platform. All of these aerial lifts call for special training to operate.

Through the Occupational Safety & Health Association, also called OSHA, education courses are on hand to help make sure the workers meet occupational values for safety, system operation, inspection and upkeep and machine load capacities. Workforce receive certification upon completion of the course and only OSHA certified workers should operate aerial hoists. The Occupational Safety & Health Organization has developed rules to maintain safety and prevent injury when using aerial platform lifts. Common sense rules such as not utilizing this machine to give rides and making sure all tires on aerial hoists are braced so as to prevent machine tipping are observed within the rules.

Regrettably, statistics illustrate that more than 20 operators pass away each year while running aerial lift trucks and 8% of those are commercial painters. Most of these accidents are due to improper tire bracing and the lift falling over; therefore many of these deaths had been preventable. Operators should make certain that all wheels are locked and braces as a critical security precaution to prevent the device from toppling over.

Marking the surrounding area with obvious markers have to be used to safeguard would-be passers-by so that they do not come near the lift. In addition, markings must be placed at about 10 feet of clearance amid any power lines and the aerial hoist. Lift operators must at all times be well harnessed to the hoist when up in the air.

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