OSHA Training Regulations for Aerial Lifts

The guidelines for the safe use of all types of aerial lifts are laid out under Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, and training in these guidelines is required to operate an aerial lift under Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, regulations.

  1. Positioning

    • 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.

    Body Belts

    • A body belt shall be worn and a lanyard attached to the boom or basket, but body belts with foot rests known as "climbers" are not allowed.

    Equipment for Braking

    • The vehicle's brakes must be engaged while the lift or boom is in use. Outriggers must be positioned on pads or a solid surface when used, and wheel chocks are required for using the lift or boom on an incline.

      All outriggers must be properly retracted before the vehicle can begin to move again.

    Emergency Control Panels

    • Boom platforms must have control panels within the boom, and emergency controls at the base of the vehicle.

    Weight Requirements

    • The boom and basket weight limits specified for each vehicle cannot be exceeded.

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