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Aerial devices

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Arboriculture

Aerial lift devices are the ideal way to reach higher trees as they make work easier and safer when used correctly. The following are key controls to have in place when using an aerial device.

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2. The aerial device manufacturers’ instructions is readily available and followed for all maintenance requirements and operation instructions?

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3. A visual inspection of items specified in the equipment manufactures manual is completed daily?

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4. Only qualified personnel are permitted to operate aerial devices?

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5. Devices are equipped with an approved point of attachment on which to secure a personal fall arrest system?

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6. Operators wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment as specified in the equipment manual. Including but not limited to: fall protection hard hats (class E if working near electrical conductors), eye/face protection, leg protection when using a chainsaw, steel toed footwear, and hearing protection?

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7. Aerial devices are not used to lift or lower tree limbs or equipment unless designed to complete?

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8. All buckets contain a hand line of adequate length to be used in aerial device rescues?

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9. Wheel chocks are set prior to an aerial device is used? If equipped, the units outriggers are used in accordance with the manufactures instructions?

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10. When operating an aerial device, the operator looks in the direction that the bucket is traveling, does not travel with lift platform elevated, and is aware of the boom's location in reference to and any hazards?

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11. Combined loads of the equipment do not exceed rated capacities?

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