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Title: SCTE Aerial Lift Bucket Truck Safety

SCTE Aerial Lift / Bucket Truck Safety
Nancy Ikeda, Safety Manager
  • Aerial Lift Safety - Overview
  • Statistics
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Company Policies
  • Operator Safety
  • Altec Non-Insulated Aerial Device Operators
    Safety Video (15 minutes)

Aerial Lift Safety -
  • It takes one minute to write a safety rule.
  • It takes one hour to hold a safety meeting.
  • It takes one week to plan a safety program.
  • It takes one month to put the plan in place.
  • It takes one lifetime to make a safe worker.
  • It takes one second to destroy it all with an

Aerial Lift Safety - Deaths and Injuries in the
  • There were 5,200 workplace fatalities in 2000 due
    to unintentional injuries. (Oregon-34 deaths in
    2001, 5 from falls. Lowest Level Ever!)
  • There were 3.8 deaths per 100,000 workers in
    2000. (2001 Oregon death rate is 2.1)
  • On the job, 3.9 million American workers suffered
    disabling injuries in 2000.
  • Construction workers had the highest number of
    deaths among major industry groups with 1,220
    deaths and 470,000 disabling injuries.
  • National Safety Council

Aerial Lift Safety OSHA Regulations
  • Title Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotating
    Work Platforms
  • Federal OSHA (Occupational Safety Health
    Administration) 1910.67
  • Oregon OSHA OAR (Oregon Administrative Rules)
    Division 2, Subdivision F

Only trained authorized persons shall operate
an aerial device.
Aerial Lift Safety Training
Document training!
Aerial Lift Safety Equipment Testing
  • A daily inspection of the truck and aerial lift
    is required prior to operation.
  • Lift controls shall be tested each day prior to
    use to determine that such controls are in safe
    working condition.
  • Check the lift identification plate on the
    vehicle to ensure that the annual inspection is
    current. Do not use the aerial lift if not

Document daily testing!
Aerial Lift Safety PPE (Personal Protective
  • Hard hats are required at all times when working
  • Safety glasses are required whenever working

Aerial Lift Safety PPE (continued)
  • A full body harness shall be worn and a lanyard
    attached to the boom or basket when working from
    an aerial lift.

Lanyard length should conform to
manufacturers requirements!
Aerial Lift Safety Safe Practices
  • Belting off to an adjacent pole, structure, or
    equipment while working from an aerial lift shall
    NOT be permitted.
  • Climbers shall not be worn while performing work
    from an aerial lift.

Aerial Lift Safety Positioning for Safety
  • Employees shall always stand firmly on the floor
    of the basket/bucket, and shall not sit or climb
    on the edge of the basket or use planks, ladders,
    or other devices for a work position.

Aerial Lift Safety Load Limits
  • Boom and platform/bucket load limits specified by
    the manufacturer shall not be exceeded.
  • Includes worker, equipment, tools.

Aerial Lift Safety Secured Vehicle
  • The brakes shall be set and outriggers, when
    used, shall be positioned on pads or a solid
  • Wheel chocks shall be installed before using an
    aerial lift on an incline.

Aerial Lift Safety Inspect Work Area
  • Do a visual inspection of the area prior to
    beginning work. Look for and be aware of
    existing hazards or conditions that could change
    and create new hazards.
  • Location of power lines.
  • Clearance
  • Overhead obstructions
  • Hazards further or or down the line.

Aerial Lift Safety Inspection Lift Mechanism
  • Before moving an aerial lift for travel, the
    boom(s) shall be inspected to see that it is
    properly cradled and outriggers are in stowed
    position (except where vehicle is in movement)

Aerial Lift Safety Vehicle Movement
  • An aerial lift truck may not be moved when the
    boom is elevated in a working position with
    workers in the basket, except for equipment which
    is specifically designed for this type of
    operation in accordance with the provisions of
    paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) of this section.
  • ANSI A92.2-1969
  • Follow Manufacture Instructions

Aerial Lift Safety Mobile Work Operations
  • During mobile work operations, the driver will
    remain alert for commands from the bucket
  • The driver will move only on command from the
    person in the bucket.
  • The driver will select the driving gear that will
    move the truck smoothly and no faster than a slow
    walk (approximately 1.5 2 miles per hour)
  • The driver should avoid sudden movements or
    pavement irregularities that would cause the
    person to be tossed around in the bucket.

Aerial Lift Safety OAR 437-002-0067 (Oregon
Administrative Rules)
  • Extensible and Articulating Boom Platforms.
    Clearly visible flashing warning lights shall be
    operating on all vehicles when using aerial
    equipment exposed to traffic.
  • Consider company policy for warning lights.

Aerial Lift Safety Hand Safety
  • No part of the body shall be used to locate or
    attempt to stop a hydraulic leak.

Aerial Lift Safety Fire Safety
  • Fire danger can change with pressurized fluids.
  • Be sure to have an appropriate fire extinguisher
    available know how to use it.

Aerial Lift Safety Avoid Falling
  • There are many possible causes for falling.
  • Here are some common examples
  • Over Reaching.
  • Swinging under over hanging limbs, structures or
  • Stumbling over tools inside the basket.
  • Suddenly reversing boom direction without
    stopping first.

Aerial Lift Safety FVD (Foreign Voltage
  • Voltage presents a potential for electrocution.
  • Test all potential conductors that can be
    physically contacted during work activities.
  • Test Before You Touch

Aerial Lift Safety Approach Distances
  • From OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.268(b)(7)(iii)
    (Telecommunications) Table R-2 Approach
    Distances to exposed energized overhead power
    lines and parts.

Aerial Lift Safety 2 Main Safety Hazards
There are two main safety hazards
  • Electrocution Caused by operating close to
    power lines.
  • Falling Caused by improper operation and/or
    improper set up.

Aerial Lift Safety Setting Up for Work
  • Position truck on firm level ground. Slope of no
    more than 5 degrees.
  • Set Parking Brake.
  • Place vehicle in proper gear.
  • Turn on warning lights/strobes.
  • Turn on Master Switch.
  • Ensure wheel chocks are adequately sized for the
    vehicle. And place chocks on side where work is
    performed (when practical).
  • Check for power and other aerial obstructions.

Aerial Lift Safety DOs
  • Always wear your safety harness and lanyard!
  • Start and stop smoothly.
  • Set wheel chocks.
  • Set Parking Break.
  • Obey Bucket Capacities.
  • Stand only on the platform floor.
  • Keep booms clean.

Aerial Lift Safety DONTs
  • Dont reverse motion suddenly.
  • Dont move the bucket or boom near energized
  • Dont set up to work on slopes exceeding 5
  • Dont use your aerial as a crane.
  • Dont climb out of the platform
  • Dont stand on anything to increase your reach
    while in the basket.
  • Dont operate in or above an active traffic lane.

Aerial Lift Safety Be Safe. Be Professional
  • As an operator of an aerial device you are always
    exposed to the public the public is exposed to
  • A Safe Worker is a
  • Professional Worker!
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