Boom lifts can be incredibly helpful tools for your outdoor job or construction project. They easily move people or materials into the air by utilizing a platform and bucket to lift. You’ll often see them on job sites both large and small, but there are a few tips you need to know before using your boom lift. Here are 7 quick tips for using your boom lift from Equipment Trader.
1. Proper Inspection is Key
Making sure your boom lift is safe for use should be your number one priority. Always inspect your equipment before use to make sure it’s in good working order. Check the hydraulics, controls, steering, wheels, and lubrication on a regular basis. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the emergency stopping buttons, as well as the lowering buttons, should you need to use them quickly.
2. Don’t Overload the Lift
It’s incredibly important not to overload your boom lift with people or equipment. Most boom lifts will have sensors to detect whether or not the lift is overweight, but it’s still good practice to travel light when you’re up high.
3. Watch for Falling Objects
It’s important to secure all tools you might be using while on your boom lift. However, tools can still take an accidental tumble while the lift is elevated. Any nearby workers need to keep an eye out for falling objects from the boom lift, and should — of course — always have on proper safety gear, including a hard hat.
4. Wind is Not Your Friend
Wind and boom lifts do not mix. If the lift is reaching extreme heights, wind has the power to completely knock down the boom lift. There are limits to how much wind a boom lift can withstand, so make sure you check your owner’s manual to avoid any sticky situations. It should go without saying, but never use a boom lift during extreme weather or storms.
5. Always Wear a Harness
Boom lifts have guard rails, but it’s important to still wear a harness when you’re operating this machine. Leaning on guard rails can cause dangerous tip overs that should be avoided at all costs. In an emergency situation, a harness has the potential to save your life.
6. Stay Level
It’s important to ensure that you’ve parked the boom lift on a stable and level surface before starting operation. As we mentioned, boom lifts can tip over in certain rare circumstances, and uneven ground can amplify that potential issue. During operation, make sure you are utilizing your braking system properly, and consider moving the boom lift to a more stable position if you have concern.
7. Look for Nearby Hazards
Before operating your boom lift, you’ll need to take a good look at your surroundings. Construction sites have many potential hazards, so it’s a good idea to fully inspect the area of operation before lifting. Take note of hazards both high and low like electrical wires, or any holes nearby.
Conclusion: Boom lifts are incredibly helpful tools on the jobsite, but it’s important to consider safety when operating this machinery. Do you have any helpful tips for operating lifts? Let us know in the comments below. And if you’re looking for a boom lift for your next job, check out our models available for-sale and for-rent on Equipment Trader today.