Helpful Tips for Working with Boom Lifts

Boom lifts are the ideal solution to gain quick, efficient and safe access to hard-to-reach places for a variety of jobs including maintenance, construction, and emergency services. Height 4 Hire are the boom life hire specialists, servicing south east Queensland with high quality, reliable and affordable access hire equipment. To operate a boom lift, safety precautions must be taken by those working both in and around them. Here are some useful safety tips for working on or around a boom lift.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Both operators and workers nearby must be aware of their surroundings to avoid any accidents. Similar to driving a vehicle, working with a boom lift requires care and attention to everything that is happening around the jobsite. If operating a boom lift in the proximity of electrical lines, it’s essential that all workers are aware of the power lines, maintain the required distance from the power lines and take extreme caution to prevent electrocution.

Make Sure the Boom Lift is Properly Inspected

All access machinery should be regularly inspected to ensure that they are in good working order and safe and efficient to use.  When machinery is not properly inspected and maintained, malfunctions can occur which can lead to accidents and potential injuries.   One bonus of arranging boom lift hire from a reputable company is that they will ensure all machinery has been inspected before use.

Ensure the Safety Harness is Worn

Safety harnesses are designed to prevent operators from falling from a boom lift the platform. It is essential that safety harnesses are worn properly when operating a boom lift, including securing to the guard rail. . The guard rail is designed to keep workers the platform, but in the event of an incident, a harness can save lives.

Do Not Use Ground Controls if Someone Else is Operating the Lift

Boom lifts can be controlled from two separate areas, however, trying to use two different controls at once can lead to machine malfunction or accident. Unless the platform occupant’s controls are not working or there is an emergency, the occupant/operator should always have total control of the boom lift.

Look Out for Falling Objects

For employees working below or in close proximity to the boom lift, it’s vital that they are always aware that there are objects above that may fall to the ground. Such things may include tools, equipment and debris that is accidentally dropped from the platform. All workers near the boom lift must be cautious and listen for any warnings from the lift’s operator and react quickly in the event of an object falling.

In addition to the above, it is vital that all government and manufacturer safety standards are followed and adhered to at all times when operating a boom lift. It is also essential that all operators are equipped with the appropriate licence and certification.

For High Quality, Reliable Boom Lift Hire Trust Height 4 Hire

With over 40 years’ experience in the mining, building and construction industries, we strive to provide safe, well-maintained access hire equipment to enable hard-to-reach jobs to be completed with ease. If you need affordable boom or scissor lift hire or if you need expert advice on the equipment that would be best suited to your specific job or project, we have the experience and expertise to offer professional guidance and recommendations to help you get the job done safely and efficiently. For more information on access hire, contact us online or call our friendly team on (07) 3713 0500. Height 4 Hire – safely taking you to new heights!