Aerial Lift Inspections

What You Should Inspect In The Workplace

What Should You Inspect?

When using an aerial lift in the workplace, safety is of utmost importance. Regular inspections and maintenance of the aerial lift are crucial to ensure the safety of the operator and those working around the lift. Here are some key components to inspect before and during the use of an aerial lift.

Pre-Use Inspection

  • Documentation: Ensure that all required documentation, such as operator manuals, safety instructions, and maintenance records, are available and up to date.
  • Operating Controls: Check that all controls are functioning correctly, including the platform controls, emergency stop, and any interlocks.
  • Hydraulic Systems: Inspect for any leaks or unusual noises in the hydraulic system.
  • Tires and Wheels: Check the condition of tires and wheels for proper inflation and any signs of damage or wear.
  • Stabilizers: If the lift has stabilizers, make sure they are operational and in good condition.
  • Electrical System: Verify that all electrical components are working correctly, including lights, alarms, and warning systems.
  • Safety Devices: Ensure that safety features like guardrails, harnesses, and fall protection sy

Platform Inspection

  • Platform Condition: Examine the platform for any signs of damage, rust, or structural issues.
  • Platform Controls: Check that all platform controls, such as the lift and lower functions, are working as intended.
  • Platform Gates and Chains: Ensure that platform gates or chains are in place and can be securely fastened.

Hydraulic Components

  • Cylinders and Hoses: Inspect hydraulic cylinders, hoses, and fittings for leaks, wear, or damage.
  • Fluid Levels: Check hydraulic fluid levels and top up if necessary.

Mechanical Components

  • Joints and Pins: Examine all joints and pins for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage.
  • Boom and Extension: Inspect the boom and extension sections for cracks, deformation, or structural issues.
  • Outriggers: If equipped, check the outriggers for stability and proper deployment.

Safety Devices

  • Emergency Lowering System: Verify that the emergency lowering system is functional and that all personnel know how to use it.
  • Alarms and Warning Systems: Ensure that alarms and warning systems are operational and can be heard and seen clearly.

Operator Training and Certification

  • Ensure that the operator is properly trained and certified to operate the specific type of aerial lift being used.

Environmental Conditions

  • Consider environmental factors such as wind speed, weather conditions, and the presence of obstacles that may affect safe operation.

Load Capacity

  • Verify the lift’s load capacity and ensure that it is not exceeded.

Periodic Inspections

  •  Establish a regular inspection schedule as recommended by the manufacturer or relevant regulations.

Safety Procedures

  • Follow all safety procedures, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and fall protection systems.

Regular, documented inspections and maintenance are critical for the safe and efficient operation of aerial lifts. If any issues are identified during the inspection, they should be addressed promptly by qualified personnel before the lift is used.


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