How to Use a Boom Lift

Boom lifts (Sometimes called cherry pickers) are common on any job site that requires personnel to perform work in high, hard to reach places. Articulating boom arms and extendable baskets,  allow the operator to access work areas they would otherwise be unable to reach. When operating a boom lift, certain steps should be followed to ensure a safe work environment.

  • Perform a pre-use inspection. Look around the boom lift. Examine hydraulic hoses and fittings for fluid leaks. Make sure the tires are properly inflated. Start the boom lift, and switch the active input control panel to “Ground”. Operate the boom lift from the ground and make sure that every function of the boom lift is in good working order. Switch the input control panel back to “Platform”.
  • Put on your safety harness. Lift the safety rail and climb in the basket. Make sure to clip the safety harnesses to the attachment in the basket. Depress the safety switch to activate the platform controls.

  • Check the area between the boom lift and your work area. Look for any issues that need to be addresses such as loose soil, or obstacles in the way. Check the area for power lines and overhead hazards. Once you deem the area safe, drive the boom lift to the work area. Again after you enter the boom lift secure your lanyard to the basket.

  • Position the boom lift as close to the target area as possible. Set the outriggers, if your boom lift has them.

  • Adjust the height and angle of each boom arm to reach your work area. keep checking your surroundings to ensure that you will not come into contact with any wires or other obstacles. When working in a tight area, remember the order in which you adjusted the boom arms, this will make it easier for you to exit the work area.

  • Once the work is completed, shut down the boom lift. Lower all the arms into their locked positions. Start with the boom closest to the base and work your way to the boom arm connected to the basket. Lower the basket to an elevation that is safe for your exit. Go to the base of the boom lift and turn the lift off. Plug-in the lift if it is runs on electric power or check the fuel level of the boom lift if it is gas, diesel, or propane powered.

If you follow these simple steps you are on the right path to a safer work place. For training classes please visit our training page.

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