If you are interested in elevated access equipment for construction or structural maintenance work on a sloped site, you should think about using a boom lift. In general, there are two types of popular access platforms: boom and scissor lifts. Scissor lifts are reliable for worksites that require only direct vertical access. On the other hand, boom lifts are versatile pieces of equipment with the capability to move vertically, extend outwards and manoeuvre around obstacles. Unfortunately, operating a boom lift on a slope can be dangerous, and poor practices can lead to a worksite accident. Here are simple precautions to help you avoid mishaps during your project.
Check the Slope Rating
You should check the slope rating indicated on the boom lift by the manufacturer before using it on an inclined worksite. Then, you should measure the incline of the site slope using an inclinometer and compare the value with the outlined slope rating. Elevated access platforms must never be utilised on surfaces which exceed the slope rating. If a boom lift is placed on a steep slope, it will be unstable. In addition, the movement of the boom and the exertion of weight will increase the imbalance. As a result, the risk of tipping over will be high, and serious injuries could occur among the workers on the site.
Avoid Use in Strong Wind
You should limit the use of your boom lift on a slope on windy days. There is a high risk of the equipment swaying in the strong wind and tipping over. You should check the speed of wind in your local area during the period of use. You should compare the current speed of wind to the recommendations made by the manufacturer on wind strength precautions. If your manufacturer does not provide these details, you should consult an experienced operator or make inquiries from the boom lift hire company. As a precaution, you should not continue using your boom lift if the wind is strong enough to cause large tree branches to sway or if there is a howling or whistling sound as the wind blows.
Evaluate the Environment
Finally, you should check your worksite environment before setting up your boom lift on a slope. Some site conditions can increase the risk of accidents involving the elevated access platform. You should avoid operating the equipment on muddy or slippery ground, and you should clear the ground of debris and rocks. It is also important to create a plan for avoiding overhead dangers like power lines.