NIOSH Posts New Resources To Prevent Aerial Lift Falls, Injuries

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and OSHA have released new resources to help employers better prevent fall injury and death when aerial lifts are being used.

OSHA announced March 1 a new NIOSH webpage devoted to aerial lift safety, including guidance on risks associated with lifts, computer simulations to help employers better prepare employees for hazards, as well as guidance on OSHA requirements and industry standards.

OSHA has also issued a fact sheet on aerial lifts, summarizing methods of employee training, procedures that should be taken prior to and during operation of aerial lifts, and what requirements must be met to avoid enforcement actions from non-compliance with OSHA standards.

In its announcement, OSHA highlighted a Feb. 22 enforcement action against Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corp. for ignoring industry and OSHA standards for aerial lifts, resulting in $102,900 in fines for non-compliance. – Joshua Higgins (jhiggins@iwpnews.com)