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Aerial Lifts and Workplace Safety


On many job sites, manual and power aerial lifts are used instead of ladders and scaffolds because of their convenience and flexibility. While they do make certain jobs easier, they also come with additional risks to workers. Each year across the country, workers are injured or killed on aerial lifts.

Common Hazards for Aerial Lifts

An aerial lift is considered any type of vehicle-mounted device that elevates workers to high levels. Aerial ladders, extendable boom platforms, and vertical towers are all examples of aerial lifts. When used correctly, they can reduce head, neck, and shoulder injuries workers might experience working at or above shoulder level. Aerial lifts make many different jobs easier, but they also come with some added risk. Common hazards involving aerial lifts include:

  • Contact with electricity
  • Contact with ceilings and overhead objects
  • Entanglement hazards
  • Falls from heights
  • Life collapses
  • Objects falling from lifts
  • Tip-over accidents

Aerial Lift Safety

Any employer utilizing aerial lifts should invest significant time and training into preventing serious and catastrophic injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration makes several recommendations for employers to protect workers and avoid accidents:

  • Safety training: Training and retraining should cover explanations of potential hazards, instructions for how to handle hazards, explanations of how to properly operate lifts, and guidelines for how and when to inspect lifts.
  • Pre-start inspections: Before every work shift, designated employees should inspect all vehicle and lift components to ensure they are safe for operation.
  • Work zone inspections: At the start of every shift, employers should ensure the work area is free and clear of hazards, including debris, overhead lines and cables, and severe weather conditions.
  • Safe operation: According to OSHA recommendations, safe operation of an aerial lift involves the following elements:
    • Fall protection with training and gear
    • Taking precautions not to overload or exceed capacity limits
    • Avoiding overhead hazards
    • Procedures to stabilize the equipment on the ground

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP Represent Workers Injured on the Job

Unfortunately, even with the right safety training, equipment, and inspections, workplace accidents involving aerial lifts and other dangerous equipment still happen. Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Gross & Kenny, LLP are proud to advocate for Pennsylvania’s workforce and fight for your right to compensation after an injury. We take the time and care to truly understand your needs and handle all the details of your case from filing paperwork to sending your medical records to your physicians. To learn more about how we can help, call 215-512-1500 or contact us online to set up a free case review. Located in Philadelphia, we work with clients throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

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