Aerial Lift Work Practices

  • Fall protection - When using aerial work platforms that articulate or rotate beyond the base, all basket occupants must wear a body harness attached to the basket anchor points. Guardrails are required on all lifts and may not be climbed or defeated in any way.
  • Moving the lift - Unless specifically designed to do so, the lift must not be lowered before moving it horizontally. Escort vehicles ahead of and/or behind the lift may be required when moving the lift across campus.
  • Outriggers and brakes - Outriggers must be positioned on pads or solid ground when used. Brakes must be set anytime outriggers are used. Wheel chocks must be installed before the lift is used when working on an incline.
  • Barricades & signs - The rotating superstructure of an operating aerial lift must be cordoned off and access to that area must be restricted through the use of barricades, cones, and/or caution tape. Signage may also be necessary to keep pedestrians out of the hazardous area.
  • Electrical hazards - All equipment, personnel and elements of the lift must be kept at least 10 feet away from any overhead electrical conductor. For more information on minimum safe approach distances, click here.