See the requirements put in place by OSHA for using fall protection while working on an aerial lift.
Aerial lifts are commonly used in many different industries, including the construction industry. Any time a worker is on an aerial lift at heights of six feet or more, above a lower level, OSHA standards require that worker to be wearing fall protection in the form of a personal fall arrest system. Explore the requirements of fall protection while working on an aerial lift as set forth by OSHA, below.
Fall Protection Requirements on an Aerial Lift
OSHA requires the use of a fall restraint or arrest system any time a worker is on an aerial lift at heights of six feet or more above a lower level. This requirement can be met in one of three ways:
- Use of a body belt with a tether anchored to the boom or basket (fall restraint system)
- Use of a body harness with a tether (fall restraint system)
- Use of a body harness with a lanyard (fall arrest system)
Whichever fall protection system is chosen, it must also meet one other requirement that has two subparts. The fall protection system must be able to keep a falling worker from free falling for more than six feet and it must keep the worker from coming into contact with a lower level. Since aerial lifts can be used at all sorts of different heights, the fall protection system used must meet this requirement every single time.
If a worker is on an aerial lift six feet above a lower level, a fall arrest system that allows the worker to fall six feet—thus meeting the first subpart of the requirement—would not keep that worker from coming into contact with the lower level—and thus not meeting the second subpart of the requirement. Careful consideration must be taken when choosing a fall protection system in order to keep the worker safe and to stay in compliance with OSHA standards.
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