6 Safety Tips for Operating a Boom Lift Rental

Boom lift rentals can be incredibly useful on the job site, but they can also cause serious injuries if you don’t follow the necessary precautions.

The following tips may seem like they’re common sense, but when dealing with safety, going over and adhering to simple rules can mean all the difference between a successful boom lift rental and an accident waiting to happen. Always be sure to pay careful attention to the instructions given on how to operate the specific model that you’re renting.  Our employees will thoroughly go over everything with you, and answer any questions you may have at the time of rental.

  1. Avoid Windy Conditions. Wind can be an extreme safety concern when operating a boom lift. A strong wind could be able to knock the lift over completely. If there are winds predicted in the forecast, it is in your best interest to not operate the machine at all. This will avoid the risk of the lift toppling over while you are in the basket. Each boom lift is rated differently as to how much wind it can operate in. It is always best to review the weather conditions and know what conditions the lift can operate in before operating the lift.
  2. Operate on Level ground. Boom lifts extend to extreme heights. This makes the equipment more susceptible to tipping over. It is very important to make sure that the machine is stable on a level base before extending the bucket. One way that this can be accomplished is by using the machines outriggers and leveling system to ensure that it is stabilized before operating.
  3. Adhere to the Bucket’s Weight Limit. Every lift is different on what the booms bucket can hold, and has a specific capacity in which it can handle. Going over the limit can result in making the lift top heavy and the entire machine could tip over. Make sure when deciding on how much weight will be in the bucket that you are not only using the operator’s weight, but also factoring in the weight of the tools and materials that will be in the bucket as well. A boom lift is not meant for lifting heavy objects.
  4. Keep a Clear Base Around the Boom Lift. The circumference of the “Fall Zone” around a boom lift can prove to be quite substantial. With our 45’ boom lift rental, you are looking at an area with a diameter of 90’. It is important to keep this area clear for a couple reasons. One would be if any tools, materials, or debris were to fall from the bucket while in use there wouldn’t be any chance for injury on the ground. The second reason, though very rare, is the possibility for the boom lift to tip over. Keeping the area under and around the boom lift clear will help ensure that no one is hurt if the entire structure tips over.
  5. Keep Off the Edge of the Bucket. When on the platform of a boom lift, it’s easy to think about climbing on the edge of the platform to reach something instead of moving the entire boom lift to reach it. However, this is more dangerous than you may realize. Climbing or sitting on the edge of the platform significantly increases one’s chances of falling off the platform and can result in serious injury. If there is something that isn’t accessible, move the platform to a safe position where you can easily reach what is needed.
  6. Always Wear Your Safety Harness. A simple, but vital, safety measure is wearing a harness and ensuring the lanyard is fully secured to the bucket. While it may seem unlikely that an operator will fall out of the platform, even the slightest bump from another piece of equipment or object can throw an operator off-balance and put them at risk of falling. A strong gust of wind could knock someone down or off of the platform and cause serious injury.

Operating lifts can pose some challenges and risks, but following these safety tips will help to alleviate some of the risk involved and allow a safe and efficient boom lift rental.