Aerial Lifts Focus of New NIOSH Campaign

Published on Thursday, March 3, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a new webpage providing information and resources that address fall-related risks and other hazards associated with aerial lifts.

Aerial lifts—powered and mobile platforms used for elevating workers to various heights—are popular at construction, warehousing, and many other jobsites because of their convenience when compared to other means of elevating work, such as scaffolding.

The potential for injury or greater harm exists in the operation and use of aerial lifts, which combine mobility, work at height, restricted work space, and a variety of improper use considerations. Safeguarding is required to keep workers free from harm in these conditions.

For standards, educational tools, and an Aerial Lift Simulation, visit NIOSH’s new aerial lift webpage.