Utilizing scissor lifts and boom lifts may be vital to your organization’s success, but safety while using aerial equipment should be in the foremost of any operator or employer’s mind.
“Aerial platforms are very dangerous and very unforgiving. You can get hurt on them or hurt somebody else if you don’t know what you’re doing,” said Jim Bivens, a certified aerial work platform trainer at Stowers Rents.
The best way to ensure that workers know what they’re doing when they get on an aerial platform is to provide them with adequate safety training. Safety training should be exhaustive, including information about falls, hazards, unsafe conditions, correct operation of lifts and more.
The standards for such training are defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and enforced by OSHA. Failure to abide by these regulations can result in serious consequences.
“Putting workers on aerial platforms without proper training is a huge liability for contractors. It can be quite costly for contractors if they are fined by OSHA,” Bivens said, adding that the fines increase considerably should an untrained operator be injured in an accident involving an aerial platform.
You can protect your employees and your company today by ensuring everyone has proper aerial operator safety training. If you would like to learn more, contact your Stowers Rents rental sales representative today for more information.