Aerial lift platforms and bucket trucks can be important for your construction site. For the equipment to work most effectively, you have to be sure that you're using the equipment properly and taking the right safety precautions. However, you might be making some mistakes. Here are three mistakes you might be making when working with bucket trucks or aerial lifts.
Overloading the Truck or Platform
It is sometimes difficult to determine if you're overloading the platform, especially if it seems to be working fine. However, even if the platform seems to be able to handle a certain amount of weight, it can become unstable as it is extended. Things can fall off the platform, which can lead to injuries and damaged products. Too much weight can also damage the platform itself.
The platform is not the only thing you need to think about. Sometimes, people don't consider the vehicle either. If there is too much weight being carried by the truck, there is more pressure on axles, tires and other parts of the truck. That may cause the truck to wear down more quickly, and you may have to make costly repairs on the truck. That can cause delays in your work schedule.
To avoid these problems, make sure you are consult the truck's manual to find out how much weight can safely go on the truck and platform. If you cannot find the physical manual, you can usually find the information you need on the manufacturer's website, or by calling the manufacturer directly.
Not Wearing the Proper Gear on the Platform
You may feel safe when on the platform, but wearing a helmet is not enough to protect you if there is a problem. Make sure that you and everyone on the platform wears a harness and uses lanyards. That way, if something does happen, you can avoid serious injuries. If the platform will be operating over water, be sure that you are outfitted with some kind of flotation device as well.
Moving the Platform While it is Extended
Would you drive with your car doors open? Of course not. That's why you should avoid moving an aerial lift while it is extended. Not only will the ride be bumpier and more dangerous for anyone on the platform, but the platform might hit something as it is being moved. To decrease chance of injury or damage, bring the platform down before moving the truck to a new location.
If you realize you are making some of the mistakes above, take steps to act in a safer, more appropriate way. You can avoid accidents and extend the life of your equipment if you use the information in this article.