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Video:Construction Worker Catapulted Off of Boom Lift

Construction Worker Gets Catapulted Off of Boom Lift – Valuable lesson about wearing a harness

Elevated work platforms may seem relatively safe, especially boom lifts because they move fairly slow, but, believe it or not, there are actually very good reasons that OH&S procedures exist, especially for wearing a harness on a lift.

Watch the video below to see what happens when you try to maneuver a boom lift in unsafe work conditions without wearing a harness!


Other hazards to watch out for when using a boom lift:

Confined overhead working: If there are overhead structures against which an operator could be trapped, consider selecting a boom lift that has been designed to prevent such accidental contact.

Ground conditions: The platform should be used on firm and level ground. Any temporary covers should be strong enough to withstand the applied pressure.

Guardrails: Make sure the boom lift is fitted with effective guard rails and toe boards.

Falling objects: barrier off the area around the boom lift so that falling tools or objects do not strike people below.

Weather: high winds can tilt the boom lift and make them unstable. Set a maximum safe wind speed for operation. Storms and snowfalls can also damage platforms. Inspect the platform before use after severe weather.

Handling materials: if used to install materials check the weight and dimensions of materials and consider any manual handling and load distribution issues. You may need additional lifting equipment to transport materials to the work position.

Nearby hazards: do not operate a boom lift close to overhead cables or other dangerous machinery, or allow any part of the arm to protrude into a traffic route.

Duralift cares about your safety! Harnesses are provided free of charge with every boom lift rental.


7 thoughts on “Video:Construction Worker Catapulted Off of Boom Lift

  1. THIS is why you are supposed to wear a harness! Why wasn’t someone reminding him – particularly the person taking the video – and did I hear him snickering in the background when the genie took a ‘dip’.

  2. About time we made machine model specific Powered Aerial Lift (PAL/IPAF) biannual training & certification federally mandated or at least state licensed. We’ve left it up to the employers for decades with absolutely dismal results. I haven’t discovered 10 in 100 operators 1) fully qualified for the machine they were operating or 2) having conducted/documented a compliant pre-shift/use inspection in the past 22 yrs auditing construction sites. Only 1 in 100 operators have actually read and understood the mfg.’s Operator’s Manual (if it even exists in the wp container.) “Time we got serious about the obvious.” as Dear Old Mom used to say . . . .

  3. Why isn’t there a harness that has an integrated control killswitch so you cannot operate the equipment unless you are wearing the harness? It could even have specific pressure sensors so it must be worn and not just plugged in, this way the equipment will not function without wearing it. There is the safety device idea, now build it and save lives.

  4. This man is very fortunate to be alive. He could have easily broken his neck. I see this a lot in the construction of houses, Roofs, and lots of tilt wall work. I really hope Safety Managers are taking notes carefully. You may ask why I say this. Well, I have seen many Safety Managers turn a blind eye to things like this.

  5. The issue of wearing safety harness may look so small and simple but its very huge.When you as a safety personnel don’t take time to educate the workforce and the manager superintending them.Take time everyday to educate them and never should you pay a blind eye on it when its there .

  6. the first picture shows 3 guys with shock absorbing lanyards, they will not be protected unless they are ales 18.5 feet above a lower surface. Self retracting would be a better choice.

  7. There is a Lanyard Attachment Warning and Lift Data Delivery System called the VertAlert (OEM Controls – Shelton Connecticut) which has the VertAlert detector on the aerial lift anchor point. There is also a safety harness called the Smart Snap which has this same detection capability located in the safety lanyard snap itself for multiple anchor point use. You will be seeing and hearing much more about them very soon.

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