Minimize Your Risk on Rented Aerial Work Platforms
By renting an aerial work platform, you can complete high-reach work quickly and easily. Still, aerial work platforms do pose some risks. Injuries or deaths can result from accidents, such as a tip-over, collapse, collision or electrical-source contact. For this reason, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) requires lift operators to receive training before using an aerial work platform. In addition, your ARA-affiliated rental store professionals can familiarize you with your particular aerial work platform rental and can provide you with its operator and maintenance manuals. Although not an all-inclusive list, practicing the following suggestions also can help keep you safe when using a rented aerial work platform.

Safety tips.

  • Only use a rented aerial work platform if you have received proper training.
  • Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using your rented aerial work platform.
  • Properly secure rented aerial work platform when you transport it.
  •  Follow safe practices when you hook up and tow a rented aerial work platform.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a hard hat. When operating a boom-type aerial work platform, PPE should include a full body harness and short lanyard. Anchor personal fall protection equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never wear loose clothing or jewelry that can catch on the rented aerial work platform during use.
  • Only operate rented, gas-powered aerial work platforms in well-ventilated area.
  • Avoid pinch points on the rented aerial work platform.
  • Keep onlookers at an appropriate distance from the worksite.

Usage tips.

  • Rent the appropriate aerial work platform from your local ARA-affiliated rental store. See Know the Types of Aerial Work Platforms You Can Rent and Features to Look for in Rented Aerial Work Platforms for more information.
  • Check and, if needed, service fluid levels in a rented aerial work platform before use.
  • Inspect rented aerial work platform for loose, broken or missing parts and properly inflated tires before use. Make sure all safety devices work properly. Never override any safety features on the equipment.
  •  Perform a worksite inspection, taking note of all overhead electrical lines or obstructions, drop-offs or holes, floor obstacles and space clearances. Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet from overhead electrical lines.
  • Evaluate weather conditions and avoid using the rented aerial work platform when adverse conditions exist, such as strong winds or icy surfaces.
  • Situate rented aerial work platform on solid, level ground.
  • If provided, extend outriggers on a rented aerial work platform before raising the boom.
  • Do not exceed load limits recommended by the manufacturer of the rented aerial work platform. Include weight of operator, tools and equipment in your load calculations.
  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for starting and shutting off the rented aerial work platform.
  • When using the rented aerial work platform, keep your feet firmly planted on the platform’s floor.
  • Do not use the rented aerial work platform as a material-lifting device.
  • Do not climb on or lean over guardrails on the rented aerial work platform.
  • ·  Do not use ladders on rented aerial work platform or place boards across the equipment’s guardrails to achieve additional height.
  • Avoid using the rented aerial work platform on steep slopes.
  • Unless specifically indicated as appropriate for your model of rented aerial work platform, do not move the equipment with the platform raised.
  • Shut down rented aerial work platform before performing maintenance or when leaving the equipment unattended.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your aerial work platform needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.



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