Aerial Lift Basics: The Boom Lift

A boom lift is a type of aerial lift designed for very high jobs. A boom lift is also known as a man lift, basket crane, and cherry picker. The basic boom lift design features a platform, jointed craned know as the arm, and a ground base on wheels or tracks. The arm of a boom lift is controlled by a hydraulic lift system that can lift and extend the work platform to the operator’s desired height. There are two types of boom lifts made, articulating and telescopic. Articulating boom lifts are used when a job requires you to get over or around objects. Telescope boom lifts are used when a job requires the need to lift a heavy load and lift further in a straight line.

JLG Articulating Boom Lift

JLG Articulating Boom Lift

Telescopic Boom Lift JLG

JLG Telescopic Boom Lift

Where Are Boom Lifts Used?

Boom lifts are often used outdoor during construction, forestry projects, mining, and telephone/electrical wire repairs. Boom lifts are perfect for outdoor projects because of their ability to reach great heights, stability, and maneuverability.


Boom lift Safety

Anyone operating a boom lift must be licensed to do so. Without proper training or following safety procedures can result in serious injuries or death. When working at heights, it’s important to remember that falls are one of OSHA’s fatal four accidents in construction; therefore, it’s mandatory to operate in safe environments and wear a safety harness.

Falling from a Boom Lift
OSHA has different requirements for boom lifts than other aerial lifts like scissor lifts, because of the high risk of operators being ejected from the platform while traveling over uneven surfaces. All occupants must always wear a safety harness and attach their lanyard to the appropriate anchor on the platform. Occupants should stand firmly on the floor of the platform, and never sit or climb on the edge of the guardrails. Never use other devices like ladders or planks while on the boom’s platform.

Boom Lift Tipping Hazard
Boom lifts are engineered to be very stable, but while working at heights they can become top-heavy, increasing the risk of tipping. It’s important to keep in mind that these machines are not impossible to tip despite their incredible design. The job site needs to be inspected to ensure the ground will remain solid throughout the entire project. All boom lifts have a max weight and range that must never be exceeded.

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