Workers in construction sites utilise the boom lift due to its versatility, which makes the lift a great option to complete most construction work off the ground. Even though it is versatile, you do need to adhere to some safety concerns. That is why just anyone does not operate boom lifts, but people with specialised training and who are certified. Here are key issues worth noting when it comes to boom lifts and safety.
Accreditation and Licenses
As mentioned above, you will not be allowed to operate a boom lift without training on the things you need to do before operating it, how you will be able to work safely while elevated, how you are required to maintain the equipment and how to keep the construction site clean and ready for work. Additionally, you will learn on the legal responsibilities you are required to meet when operating a boom lift. For example, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires you to complete a certification course before you to operate a boom lift. Failure to comply and going ahead to operate a boom lift unit without the certification can attract fines.
High Height Safety
Working at heights already sounds risky. You can already think of possibilities where workers may fall off or even materials/objects falling. Before raising the boom, you should first make sure the boom lift unit is on a level surface. If the ground you are working on is uneven, use outriggers to level it.
Fall arrest devices must be used and are required to comply with the Australian Standard AS 1891.1. These include harnesses and safety belts. It is also a requirement to give training on the correct use of harnesses and safety belts.
What happens in the case that a worker needs rescuing? Rescue equipment must be available with trained rescue individuals on the site. All of your equipment, from harnesses, safety belts to rescue tools, should be checked for faultiness and being out-of-date.
To prevent injuries caused by falling objects, unauthorised personnel should be restricted access to the site area where the boom lift is operating.
The boom lift operator should be aware of the surrounding to avoid ground and aerial obstacles. It is very easy to cause a collision. To help avoid a collision, use traffic cones, signs and barricades to help the operator know the limits to move the arm and base of the lift.