Manlifter safety
Man lifter safety toolbox talk



Before operating an aerial work platform (also called the high lift, Man lift or scissors lift), you must read and understand the manufacturer’s operating instructions and safety rules. You must receive training on the proper use of equipment from a qualified trainer. You must also read and understand all decals, warning, and instructions displayed on the equipment.

Fall Hazards Prevention (Man lifter safety)

  • Wear a harness with a lanyard attached to the mid-rail or as recommended by the manufacturers.
  • Never sit, stand or climb on the man-lift guardrails.
  • Keep arms and legs inside platform guardrails during raising and lowering.
  • Do not climb down to the floor when the platform is raised.
  • Keep the platform floor clear of debris.
  • Close entry rails or gates all the time during operations.


Tip-over prevention (Man lifter safety)

  • Do not exceed the maximum weight capacity of the platform.
  • Do not raise the boom unless the equipment is on a firm, level surface.
  • Do not raise the boom in strong or high winds speed.
  • Do not drive the equipment over uneven terrain or unstable surface- or in other hazardous conditions-with, the boom raised or extended.
  • Do not move the platform by pushing or pulling on objects outside of it.
  • Drive carefully and slowly when moving the equipment across uneven terrain, through debris on unstable or slippery surfaces or near holes or drop-offs.
  • Do not alter or disable equipment components that affect safety or stability.
  • Do not replace item critical or stability when items of different weights or specifications.
  • Do not use the machine as a vehicle or cargo carrier.
  • Ensure all tires are in good condition, not any cut mark, and properly inflated.
  • Maintain a minimum distance of at least 10 feet, or 3 meters, away from the nearest energized overhead lines/power line.

Before each work shift, the aerial work platform must be tested to ensure proper function and inspected per the manufacturer’s company instruction. The operator will check for:

  • Cracked welds
  • Missing bolts
  • Structural defects
  • Hydraulic leaks
  • Damaged control cables
  • Loose wire connections and
  • Tire condition and pressure

Maintain and operate elevating work platforms according to the manufacturer’s instructions! Think safety – ZERO INCIDENTS – throughout each and every task!

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