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When working outside on an aerial lift what is the minimum amount of clearance that you should keep between yourself and any overhead hazards?

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Asked by: Rhonda Lee

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When using an aerial lift which of the following precautions would help you stay safe around overhead power lines?

A good rule of thumb is to always treat lines, wires and other conductors as energized regardless if they are down or appear insulated. If you can’t completely avoid power lines, you should keep at least stay 10 feet away to prevent possible accidents.

Where do you tie off on an aerial lift?

Section 1926.453(b)(2)(v) states that when tying off on an aerial lift, the lanyard shall be tied off “to the boom or basket when working when working from an aerial lift.”

How do you work an aerial lift?

Keep your eye out for HVAC ducts piping and cable raceways as. Well. If you're outdoors you want to pay attention to trees and light poles. Stay a minimum of 10 feet away from any of these hazards.

What are most aerial lift accidents caused by?

Touching Power Lines

One of the leading causes of injury and death on aerial and scissor lifts is electrocution from overhead power lines.

What is the OSHA standard for aerial lifts?

1926.453 – Aerial lifts. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

What is the maximum height above a lower level that a jobsite walkway can be before it is required by OSHA to have handrails?

Are guardrails required on all open sides of scaffolding? The standard requires employers to protect each employee on a scaffold more than 10 feet (3.1 m) above a lower level from falling to that lower level.

Can you tie off to an aerial lift?

During entry to and egress from the lift, a worker may tie-off to the lift (if the lift is designed to withstand the vertical and lateral loads imposed by the employee’s movement itself or by an arrested fall) or to an appropriate nearby structure.

What fall protection is required for an aerial lift?

Use of a body belt with a tether anchored to the boom or basket (fall restraint system), Use of a body harness with a tether (fall restraint system), or. Use of a body harness with a lanyard (fall arrest system).

What type of fall protection are required when working on an aerial lift with a boom arm?

personal fall arrest

According to OSHA standard, employees must wear “a personal fall arrest or travel restraint system” when working from a boom lift.

How safe is a boom lift?

When a boom lift is extended very high, the wind can pose a substantial safety concern. If the wind is strong enough, it can knock a boom lift over completely. One should avoid using boom lifts in extremely windy conditions or in other adverse weather to avoid the risk of a boom lift potentially falling over.

What are some potential hazard when using a lift?

OSHA states that the top aerial lift hazards are electrocutions, falls from elevations, tip-overs, collapses, being struck by falling objects, ejections from an aerial lift platform, entanglement, and contact with ceilings, power lines, and other objects.

Can a scissor lift be used outside?

Scissor lifts can be used outside. In fact, rough terrain scissor lifts were made specifically to operate on rough and uneven terrain. The tires and engine power were designed with outdoor use in mind.

Can you put a lift outside?

Technically, the correct answer is, “You can put it outside (as in, who’s stopping you?), but should you?” Lifts are designed for indoor use, installed in a temperature-controlled environment.

What is the working height of a scissor lift?

to 40 feet

How high can scissor lifts go? The approximate lifting height range is 20 to 50 feet, although 32 to 40 feet is typical. In contrast, boom lifts are now available that can reach heights of up to 185 feet.