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.
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:
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:
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.