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THEATRE SAFETY PROGRAMS
SAFETY AND TRAINING INFORMATION
Safety is no accident

Aerial Lifts

Various types of aerial lifts are used every day in our jobs. As use of these lifts becomes routine it is easy to overlook the things which must be done to safely use these very effective tools.

First, OSHA requires "only trained persons shall operate an aerial lift". This means that if you have not been trained or feel that your training is inadequate, you are not to operate an aerial lift.

As an operator of an aerial lift you must have read and understood the operating manual and any DANGERS, WARNINGS or CAUTIONS related to the operation of the particular lift described in the manual.

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BEFORE OPERATION AN INSPECTION OF THE EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE DONE AND SHOULD INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:

      • Check for missing, damaged or unreadable safety signs.
      • Check for broken, missing, damaged or loose parts.
      • Check pivot points for damaged or missing retaining devices.
      • Check tires for cuts, bulges and pressure as specified by the manufacturer.
      • Perform all maintenance procedures outlined by the machine manufacturer.
      • Check for cracked welds and other evidence of structural damage.
      • Check hydraulic systems for leaks and damage.
      • Check outriggers, stabilizers and extending axles if so equipped.
      • Check upper and lower control stations including auxiliary/emergency controls for proper operation.
      • Check platform handrails and gates.
      • Any other inspections which are required by the lift manufacturer.

If the lift does not pass all these inspections DO NOT USE IT and notify your supervisor.
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WHEN OPERATING THE LIFT REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING:

        OSHA requirements include:
            • A safety harness shall be worn and a lanyard attached to the boom, basket or other designated location when working from an aerial lift. Exception: ANSI A92.6 series scissor lifts.
            • Employees shall always stand firmly on the floor of the basket and shall not sit or climb on the edge of the basket or use planks, ladders, or other devices for a work position.
            • Boom and basket load limits specified by the manufacturer shall not be exceeded.
            • Wear whatever personal protective equipment (PPE) the work being performed requires.
            • The lift shall NOT be used as a crane.
            • Keep a safe distance from electrical lines.
            • If there is ANY malfunction of the equipment, shut down the lift and call your supervisor.
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        Do not try to repair a malfunctioning lift yourself.
        Also remember you are not to modify or alter the equipment in any way or disable or remove any safety device, equipment or sign.

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        When shutting down the lift:

            1. Fully lower the platform.
            2. Put the controls in neutral.
            3. Chock the wheels.
            4. Remove the ignition key.
            5. Turn in the ignition key.

        If you follow these procedures and those of the equipment manufacturer, you will be able to safely and efficiently operate this equipment.

        REMEMBER THE OPERATOR IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF THE LIFT.

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