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safety check before use

An Arial Lift inspection form should be filled out before and after each trip.

  • To fill out the inspection form the operator of the vehicle shall conduct a safety check to determine hazards, identify damage and leaks.
  • The usage inspection includes but is not limited to a visual inspection of the vehicle exterior, including;
    • broken, damaged, loose or missing parts
    • tire bulges, cuts and pressure
    • oil and hydraulic leaks
    • weld integrity, such as cracks and rust
    • lighting (beam, directional and safety)
    • all required decals and stickers on or around the articulating boom must be in place, legible and understandable
Safety Check before use
worksite inspection

Try not to park on uneven ground.

Keep an eye out for drop-offs, holes, bumps, and debris.

Do not operate the boom if wind gusts exceed 30 mph

Do not operate if there is a threat of an electrical storm.

Set emergency brake.

Position wheel chocks.

Look out for overhead obstructions.

Worksite Inspection

What should you be looking out for?

fall hazards

Always keep feet on the floor of bucket.

Do not sit, stand, or climb on the edge of the basket.

Do not place any item in the bucket for the purpose of increasing work height (ladders, step stools).

Do not try to climb down from the bucket when it is raised.

Make sure bucket floor is clear of debris.


Fall Hazards
tip over hazards

Do not push or pull toward anything while raised in the bucket.

Do not carry ladders, etc. in bucket.

Do not exceed the load capacity.

Do not move the truck when bucket is raised.

Do not operate in high winds.

Make sure truck is parked on even ground.

Make sure the outriggers are positioned properly.

Never use the bucket truck as a crane

Tip-Over Hazards
collision hazards

Watch for traffic and beware of blind spots when driving the truck - take it SLOW.

Watch for overhead obstructions.

Travel very slow on bumpy or sloped ground and when driving near other workers or pedestrians. 

Collision Hazards
electrocution hazards

Maintain safe clearances from power lines and apparatus. 

No aerial platform, insulated or not, provides any electrical protection to the occupant  if there is phase-to-phase or phase-to-ground contact. 

Electrocution Hazards
improper use

Never leave the truck unattended unless the key is taken out and the truck is secured from unauthorized users.

Never refuel the truck when the engine is running.


Improper Use
University of Northern Colorado

Environmental Health & Safety

351-1963 or 351-1149

Call for questions or concerns!

“Protect Yourself”