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Planning to Rent Boom Lifts NYC Safety Pros Share Tips

According to statistics, close to 30 people die annually while using boom lifts. Among the most common causes of fatalities are electrocution, falls, and the equipment tipping over. There are also instances wherein the boom lift has been struck by falling objects.

Fortunately, most of these cases can be easily prevented by enforcing the appropriate safety measures. These measures include the use of safety devices and personal protection gear, close inspection of equipment and job site, proper placement of the boom lift, and the elimination of hazards like overhead power lines, debris and holes.

If you are planning to rent boom lifts NYC safety experts recommend using the following tips.

If you are the employer or supervisor in the job site, it is your responsibility to provide the personnel assigned to use the boom lift with the operator’s manual. It is also your duty to ensure that the person (or persons) using the boom lift has training and experience in using the equipment. Do not allow the use of boom lifts in conditions not approved by the manufacturer.

In using the boom lifts, your personnel have a few responsibilities. First, they have to make sure that the lift platform’s chains or doors have been closed. Climbing or leaning over the guardrails when entering the bucket or lift platform should be avoided. The load capacity of the equipment should not be exceeded.

If the work site is within or near traffic, the appropriate warnings like signs and cones should be used. The equipment should also be set up at least 10 feet away from power lines unless electrical works are involved. If electrical works are involved, the workers must first de-energize or insulate power lines.

It is also highly recommended that workers stay inside the buckets or guardrails while wearing safety gear, like a full-body harness.

Tip-overs are one common cause of boom lift-related accidents. One of the easiest ways to prevent this is to keep the equipment stationary, unless the manufacturer says it’s okay otherwise. Your personnel should be aware of the equipment’s vertical and horizontal reach limits and avoid these. For elevated scissor lifts, too much pulling or pushing should be avoided.

Before finalizing the rental agreement, make sure that you have properly inspected the boom lift. Check whether the controls are appropriately marked. The rental company should also provide you with the equipment’s manual as well as a copy of the maintenance history.