Don’t let your workers operate an aerial lift before conducting an inspection of this machine

It goes without saying that any worker who is on an aerial lift could be at risk for severe injury. These pieces of equipment are used to elevate individuals and have taken the place of ladders and other platforms because of the mobility and flexibility they give employees. However, aerial lifts can be quite dangerous if they are in anything other than perfect condition. It’s your job as an employer to conduct a lift inspection so that you can guarantee that your employees won’t be in harm’s way when operating or inside one. During this in-depth check, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends looking over the following parts of the vehicle:


  • Battery and charger
  • Wheels and tires
  • Steering and breaks
  • Horn, lights and backup alarms

You’ll also want to look over to ensure that the oil, hydraulic fuel and coolant levels aren’t too low and that none of these liquids are leaking.

OSHA also advises executing an inspection of the lift itself. That means analyzing the condition of:


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  • Operating and emergency controls
  • Hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, fuel and air systems
  • Fiberglass and other insulating parts
  • Mechanical fasteners and locking pins
  • Cable and wiring harnesses
  • Any loose or missing parts

If any of the parts above appear defective, make sure that you let your workers know and take steps right away to fix the issue. If you have any questions about how to conduct these examinations, don’t hesitate to look over OSHA’s fact sheet on aerial lifts.

You may also want to consider downloading IndustrySafe’s mobile app. This safety software will enable you to use a pre-built checklist or your own, upload pictures and can be used with or without internet access. Sign up for a free trial of IndustrySafe’s mobile app. It’s also compatible with iPhones and Android phones.