Video: Worker Thrown From Boom Lift

ELEVATED work platforms may seem relatively safe, especially boom lifts because they move relatively slow.

But 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.

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


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.


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

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.

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.

Falling objects

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

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