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AERIAL LIFT SAFETY

OSHA provides guidelines for safe operation of aerial equipment.

IGN installers use a broad
range of aerial equipment
when performing their
daily projects, and the
core purpose of this equipment is to
enable personnel to work safely at
various heights above the ground.
But fulfilling this objective requires
training and knowledge of corresponding safety regulations. These rules
are developed and enforced by the
federal Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) and
by various, OSHA-approved state
occupational safety programs.

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In the on-premise sign industry,
the most commonly-used types of
aerial devices generally fit one of two
categories. The first category includes
ordinary "bucket truck" equipment
designed strictly for safe positioning
of workers, but not designed for
hoisting loads. The second category
includes crane-mounted personnel
baskets, which may be used either to
hoist signs and related components
or to safely position workers.
While sign companies typically
require field employees to wear body
harnesses attached via lanyards to

Conventional aerial lifts are designed strictly to position personnel for
performing various work operations.
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is a sign-industry consultant and the former
manager of technical
and regulatory affairs
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the baskets or booms of their aerial
lifts and cranes, such employer requirements are necessary chiefly to protect
employees when their work operations
necessitate working outside of the
bucket/basket (e.g. when an employee
needs to access a rooftop or other
elevated structure). But when personnel
are able to perform all of their work
operations from the bucket/basket,
OSHA regulations do not require the
use of fall-arrest systems.
In the Code of Federal Regulations
[29 CFR 1926.453(b)(2)(v)], the relevant requirement states, "A body belt
shall be worn and a lanyard attached
to the boom or basket when working
from an aerial lift." As Curtis Chambers,
president of OSHA Training Services
and author of the OSHA Training
Blog, points out, aerial-lift buckets
or baskets are specifically designed
to prevent workers from falling out,
so the principal concern is stabilizing
the worker's body during boom movements which commonly produce
bouncing or jerking motions that
might, in severe cases, catapult a
worker out of the bucket/basket. As
further defined in OSHA regulation
29 CFR 1926.453(b)(2)(iii), "Belting
off to an adjacent pole, structure, or
equipment while working from an
aerial lift shall not be permitted."
Aerial lifts typically are not designed
to facilitate the safe use of fall-arrest
systems. Speaking to this point,
Chambers states, "the long lanyard
[typically 6 ft. in length] could cause
the falling worker to swing back
toward and then strike the structure



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