Boom Lift Safety

Cherry Pickers

When Operating Boom Lifts no matter how much experience you have with Cherry Pickers or Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) in general, it is important to take every safety precaution possible. Operating machinery can always be dangerous, but when you are operating at extreme eights you have to be extra cautious.

Aerial Lifts Are:

Aerial lifts can be vehicle-mounted, boom lifts or aerial platforms, such as cherry pickers or bucket trucks, used to access utility lines and other high above ground work areas. The major causes of fatalities are falls, electrocutions, and collapses or tip overs. Employers must take measures to ensure the safe use of aerial lifts by their workers if they are required to use this equipment in the course of their employment.

  • Make sure that employees who operate Boom Lifts are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment.
  • Maintain and operate elevating work platforms according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never override the hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices.
  • Never move the Boom Lift with workers in an elevated platform unless this is permitted by the manufacturer.
  • Do not allow workers to position themselves between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket. Movement of the lift could crush the worker(s).
  • Maintain a minimum distance of at least 10 feet away from the nearest energized overhead lines.
  • Always treat power lines, wires and other conductors as energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated.
  • Use a body harness or restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket to prevent the worker(s) from being ejected or pulled from the basket.
  • Set the brakes and use wheel chocks when on an incline.
  • Use outriggers, if provided.
  • Do not exceed the load limits of the equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker, tools and materials.

These are some of the important tips to remember when you are using Boom Lifts. Please check out one of our many Boom Lift classes to learn more about how to operate, maintain, and practice safe Boom Lift operation.

What is an AWP?


An AWP, or an Aerial Work Platform, also known as a man lift or lift, is a machine used to access for people or equipment to hard to reach areas that are to high to reach safely by other means. There are different kinds of Aerial Work Platforms. Some Types of lifts are called Scissor Lifts, Cherry Pickers, Boom Lifts, and Articulating Lifts.

The are used for many purposes such as maintenance and construction work or by firefighters for emergency access. They usually come with weight restrictions the reach of the individual machines varies from 10 feet to over 200ft.

Besides giving a worker access to hard to reach places an AWP offers other features to help a person complete their job, including electrical outlets or compressed air connectors for power tools. They may also be equipped with specialist equipment, such as carrying frames for window glass.

Two Main Types of AWP

Boom Lift


This type of AWP is often referred to as a ‘cherry picker’.

Boom Lifts are widely used for maintenance and construction of all types, including extensively in the power and telecommunications industries to service overhead lines. Some articulated lifts are limited to only the distance accessible by the length of each boom arm, however, by the use of telescoping sections, the range can be vastly increased. Articulated lifts require a wide supportive base to operate safely, and most have built in legs for this purpose.

Scissor Lifts

A scissor lift is a type of man lift which can only move vertically. They lift using linked, folding supports in a criss-cross ‘X’ pattern, known as a pantograph. Pressure to the outside of the lowest set of supports propels the work platform vertically.

Two Modes of Movement:

Self propelled AWP

Self Propelled AWP’s are able to move around a job site on tracks or wheels. Some models even allow movement while the lift is extended, however this is not possible on lifts requiring outriggers to be extended.

Vehicle mounted AWP

Vehicle mounted or Truck Mounted Aerial Work Platforms are mounted on a vehicle for easy transport. This configuration provides added support and stability on the work platform

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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Aerial Lift Saftey Tips

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About 26 construction workers die each year from using aerial lifts. More than half of the deaths involve boom-supported lifts, such as bucket trucks and cherry pickers; most of the other deaths involve scissor lifts. Electrocutions, falls, and tip overs cause most of the deaths. Other causes include being caught between the lift bucket or guardrail and object (such as steel beams or joists) and being struck by falling objects. (A worker can also be catapulted out of a bucket, if the boom or bucket is struck by something.) Most of the workers killed are electrical workers, laborers, painters, iron workers, or carpenters.

Before Operating an Aerial Lift Check operating and emergency controls, safety devices (such as, outriggers and guardrails), personal fall-protection gear, wheels and tires, and other items specified by the manufacturer. Look for possible leaks (air, hydraulic fluid, and fuel-system) and loose or missing parts. Check where the lift will be used. Look for a level surface that won’t shift. Check the slope of the ground or floor; do not work on steep slopes that exceed slope limits listed by the manufacturer. Look for hazards, such as, holes, drop-offs, bumps, and debris, and overhead power lines and other obstructions. Set outriggers, brakes, and wheel chocks – even if you’re working on a level slope.

Your employer should:

• Provide required manuals to operators and maintenance mechanics.

• Be sure operators and  mechanics are trained by a qualified person experienced with the model of aerial lift.

Using an Aerial Lift

• Always close lift platform chains or doors.

• Stand on the floor of the bucket or lift platform. Do not climb on or lean over guardrails.

• Do not exceed manufacturer’s load-capacity limits (including the weight of such things as bucket liners and tools).

• If working near traffic, set up work-zone warnings, like cones and signs. To prevent electrocutions:

• Non-electrical workers must stay at least 10 feet away from overhead power lines.

• Electrical workers must de-energize/insulate power lines or use proper personal protective equipment and tools.

• Insulated buckets protect from electrocution due to electric current passing through you and the boom to ground. An insulated bucket does not protect if there’s another path to ground – for instance, if you touch another wire.

To prevent falls:

To help keep workers inside guardrails or in buckets, OSHA requires either a full-body harness or a positioning device on bucket trucks or boom-supported lifts. OSHA accepts a positioning device (belt) with a short lanyard, if there is an anchorage inside the bucket.


To prevent tip overs:

Check the manufacturer’s instructions.

• Do not drive with the lift platform elevated (unless the manufacturer says that’s OK).

• Do not exceed vertical or horizontal reach limits or the specified load-capacity of the lift.

• On an elevated scissor lift, avoid too much pushing or pulling. Training OSHA says a qualified person must train all users.

The training must include:

• Any electrical, fall, and falling-object hazards.

• Procedures for dealing with hazards.

• How to operate the lift correctly (including maximum intended load and load capacity). The user must show he/she knows how to use the lift.

• Manufacturer requirements. If the hazards change, the type of aerial lift changes, or a worker is not operating a lift properly, workers must be retrained.

Maintenance and Inspections

De-energize and lockout/tagout aerial lifts before any maintenance or repairs (see CPWR’s hazard alert card, Lockout/Tagout Safety). Each aerial lift must be inspected as the manufacturer requires – every 3 months or after 150 hours of use,  whichever comes first. And the owner of a lift must do a detailed yearly inspection, as required by the manufacturer. You Should Know Many construction contractors rent aerial lifts instead of buying them. So you may not know which model you will be using, even though operator controls and other key features differ on each model. Also, you may not know the maintenance history of the lift.

The dealer or company renting out the lift should:

• Be sure the lift is properly inspected and serviced before rental.

• Provide operator and maintenance manuals and maintenance history.

• Make sure the operator controls are easy to reach and properly marked.

Your employer should:

• Be sure an aerial lift is not modified without written permission of the manufacturer.

• Be sure an aerial lift is used only under conditions approved by the manufacturer.

• Be sure proper personal fall-protection is provided and used.

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Forklift Training

Forklift Training Mount Vernon

On the job safety is of the utmost importance. One of the best ways to make sure your workplace is as safe as it can be is to make sure your workers are properly trained on the machines they use to perform their duties. Forklifts can be especially dangerous if they are not handled properly. These are powerful machines and in the wrong hands they can pose quite a safety hazard.  At Blakley Equipment we offer training classes for forklifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts, and truck mounted aerial platforms. we can train classes of any size, and can accommodate almost any schedule.

If you are interested in some brush up training for your employees who are already certified you can check out this link from free-training .com. If you have workers that need hands on training and certification contact Blakley Equipment and schedule a class today. You can receive your forklift training in Mount Vernon, within close proximity to NYC and easily accessed by the Metro North train.

Getting the Right Man Lift

Mount Vernon Man Lifts

Aerial lifts are simply hydraulic platforms for lifting a person or people. They come in many sizes and varieties. Man lifts are a specialized type of aerial lift, designed to lift a person straight up. They’re increasingly called “vertical personnel lifts, or vertical mast lifts” but most people still call them man lifts

Man Lifts are smaller and less expensive than the bigger and more versatile boom lifts and scissor lifts.

Man lifts come in many different sizes. There are man lifts that can reach anywhere from 10 to 100 feet.

Most vertical mast lifts are only made to carry one person at a time. This may make these lifts unsuitable for some jobs, so be sure to check your jobs requirements and the lifts capabilities before renting one.

Look for lifts that are designed compactly so they can be used in congested areas or narrow aisles that require a tight turning radius. Also be aware of where you will be using your lift. Most man lifts are made for indoor use, so if you plan on using it outdoors make sure the model that you choose is capable of getting the job done.

You can rent Man Lifts, Boom Lifts, and Scissor Lifts from the trusted name in aerial work platforms for over 50 years. Contact Blakley Equipment for a free quote today.

Lift Rentals Mount Vernon

If your looking for lift rentals in Mount Vernon, NY look no further than Blakley Equipment.

For over 40 Years Blakley has served the Greater New York area by renting and selling  with the best Boom Lifts, Scissor Lifts, Fork Lifts, and Truck Mounted Aerial Work Platforms. We have lifts that can reach heights of up to 200 feet. Blakley Equipment has the right equipment for the job at hand.

Here are some of our featured rental items:



Capacity 2980 lb.
Lift Height 22 ft.
Power Diesel

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Sky Jack SJ 6832


Platform Height 32 ft.
Capacity 1500lb.
Platform 62″X128″

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JLG 860 SJ

JLG 860

Platform Height 86 ft.
Capacity 500 lb.
Platform 96″X36″

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You can see and learn more about all of our rental equipment by visiting our website or by calling 1-800-662-5857.


Types of Rental Equipment

Equipment Rentals New York

At Blakley Equipment we have many different machines available for rent in the tri-state area. We specialize in aerial work platforms, but we do offer a host of other machines that are available for rent. Fork Lifts are one of our most popular items that we offer for rent. Our most popular forklifts by far are the AUSA forklifts we import from Spain. they are awesome machines and they are very reliable. We also offer skid tracks, lighting equipment, generators, and a wide variety of aerial work platforms. We offer AWP’s from Genie, Snorkel, JLG, and Time Condor. We have:

  • Truck Mounted Lifts
  • Vertical Mast Lifts
  • Boom Lifts
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Gas Powered Lifts
  • Electric Powered Lifts
  • Articulating Lifts
  • And much much more…

These vehicles are available for sale or rent.

Come by Blakley Equipment today and see what rental equipment is available in New York.

Westchester Boom Lift Rentals

Boom Lifts are a unique and important piece of equipment. Boom lifts allow operators to get to hard to reach and often very high work areas with the greatest of ease. Boom lifts can be straight or articulating which means they can reach wherever there is work to be done. Trained workers are needed to operate this type of equipment. They must take a safety course and possess a certificate from an authorized training instructor. Blakley Equipment has many Boom Lifts for rent in Westchester County and the surrounding areas.

Visit our product pages to learn more about exactly what boom lifts we have available.

Telescoping Boom Lifts

Articulating Boom Lifts

Electric Telescoping and Articulating Lifts

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Blakley Equipment
491 E. 3rd Street
Mount Vernon, NY 10552

JLG Rentals

JLG Mount Vernon

JLG is one of the top manufacturers of aerial work platforms in the country, and Blakley Equipment keeps a full stock of JLG lifts for sale and rent. Conveniently located in Mount Vernon, NY, Blakley Equipment can provide you with a top of the line JLG lift 24 hours a day .

Our courteous drivers and helpful staff will make sure that you have the right lift for the job at hand. We also carry a full line or Genie, Time Condor, Snorkel, and AUSA lifts and forklifts to make sure that we have what you need when you need it. Call Blakley Equipment today and find out why we are the best source for JLG lifts and other lifts in New York and the tri state area.