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Lifting Up Safety

Aerial booms and scissor lifts are used to elevate workers above the ground to work in areas that are not easily accessible by standing on a ladder. These platforms provide more stability for the worker, and more surface area for tools and equipment.
Here are several important points summarizing safe operations of aerial booms and scissor lifts. Above all, only workers who are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment should be allowed to operate the equipment.
Prior to using an aerial boom or a scissor lift, the operator must walk around the equipment and inspect the primary operating features of the equipment, including:

  • 2012 60' JLGProper fluid levels (oil, hydraulic, fuel and coolant), and whether any are leaking
  • Wheels and tires
  • Battery and charger
  • Lower-level controls
  • Horn, gauges, lights and backup alarms
  • Steering and brakes
  • Operating and emergency controls
  • Hydraulic, air, pneumatic, fuel and electrical systems
  • Missing or unreadable placards, warnings, or operational, instructional and control markings
  • Outriggers, stabilizers and other structures
  • Loose or missing parts
  • Guardrail systems

When operating the equipment:

  • Never walk under the boom to gain access to the platform
  • Only utilize the lift on level ground
  • Always wear appropriate safety equipment when operating a lift, including hardhat, safety glasses, gloves and safety boots
  • Wear a safety harness and tie-off to the manufacture-provided anchorage point within the platform at all times while in the basket
  • Operate the lift according to the manufacturer's instructions
  • Do not exceed the load limits of the equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker, tools and materials
  • Keep hands inside the basket when operating or moving the equipment
  • Only stand on the platform floor. Never stand or sit on the railing
  • Never override hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices
  • Never move the lift with workers on it unless the manufacturer permits it
  • Do not allow workers to position themselves between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket. Movement of the lift could crush the worker(s)
  • Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet away from the nearest energized overhead lines
  • Set the brakes and use wheel chocks when on an incline
  • Use outriggers, if provided

Neff Rental branches rent scissor lifts and aerial booms manufactured by JLG, Genie and Skyjack in a variety of sizes and configurations. When you need an aerial boom or scissor lift for your next project, contact your closest Neff Rental branch at 888-709-NEFF, or visit www.neffrental.com.