An aerial lift is any vehicle-mounted device used to elevate personnel.
Aerial lifts have replaced ladders and scaffolding on many job sites due to their
mobility and flexibility. They may be made of metal, fiberglassreinforced plastic,
or other materials. They may be powered or manually operated, and are considered
to be aerial lifts whether or not they can rotate around a primarily vertical axis.
Many workers are injured or killed on aerial lifts each year. The following
hazards, among others, can lead to personal injury or death:
- Fall from elevated level,
- Objects falling from lifts,
- Ejections from the lift platform,
- Structural failures (collapses),
- Electric shock (electrocutions),
- Entanglement hazards,
- Contact with objects, and
- contact with ceilings and other overhead objects.
The US- American National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
has released an updated version of the NIOSH Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition
Simulator. In addition to a scissor lift scenario, the updated Simulator now
includes a boom lift scenario. Both scissor and boom lift operators can use
this free simulator to refresh their knowledge or familiarize themselves with
hazards they may encounter on the job-all from the safety of a computer.
AplusA-online.de - Source: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)