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Old 06-11-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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OSHA Requirements For A Man Lift


Anyone know what is reqiuired for operating a rented man lift on a residential site? The site is very hi-profile and I thought renting the lift, for the high work, would be safer. OSHA has been very active in the area. I don't want to get a fine for not having the proper certificate to operate the lift. I'm sure they will find something else to fine me for, but I'm trying to stay on the up and up. Thanks
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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I would think as long as you are properly harnessed, and educated on how to operate the machine. You should be ok.
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Check with your rental store. They may offer a quick course, test, and give you a certificate. If its a boom lift then definitely harness up and hook your lanyard to the cage!!
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I checked with the rental company. He wasn't sure and sent me a link to the OSHA web site, that web site goes on forever! I was hoping some of the union guys would know the requirements.
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I was working on a tree-cutting job that got a surprise visit from OSHA a few years ago. Among other things, they nailed us because the guy in the bucket was wearing a harness but not tied off, and had an improper lanyard on his chainsaw. Tree care is subject to different regulations than construction, but I can tell you that they were very serious about the fall arrest aspect.
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Tree care is subject to different regulations than construction, but I can tell you that they were very serious about the revenue generation aspect.
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It also make a different too if you are an emplyee or have emplyees. I own my own and have no employees. I am very saft in useing them , but as of yet there is little they can do to me.
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the guy in the bucket was wearing a harness but not tied off
I think it depends upon what kind of lift he's using, but I was under the impression that as long as you were secured inside by a latched close gate you didn't have to wear a harness. IMO, OP should contact the osha guy in his area and ask him because if he's doing it legit, he has nothing to worry about.

I'd also make sure the insurance aspect of it is covered as the rental end may have insurance to cover their piece of equipment, but it's up to the contractor's insurance to cover any damage to property and/or people.
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I think it depends upon what kind of lift he's using, but I was under the impression that as long as you were secured inside by a latched close gate you didn't have to wear a harness. IMO, OP should contact the osha guy in his area and ask him because if he's doing it legit, he has nothing to worry about.

I'd also make sure the insurance aspect of it is covered as the rental end may have insurance to cover their piece of equipment, but it's up to the contractor's insurance to cover any damage to property and/or people.
Although I don't have rules in front of me, I do believe If you have to follow OSHA rules, then you have to be tied off, because of being abled to be bounced out of the basket.
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Well the fiberglass boom on a bucket truck is a lot bouncier than the platform of a scissor lift, so the regulations may be different. But I specifically remember the OSHA guy mentioning the possibility of being bounced out. I know that they gave us the opportunity to correct most of our violations, but they were adamant about giving us a big fine for that one so we would be real sure to do it right in the future.
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Anyone know what is reqiuired for operating a rented man lift on a residential site? The site is very hi-profile and I thought renting the lift, for the high work, would be safer. OSHA has been very active in the area. I don't want to get a fine for not having the proper certificate to operate the lift. I'm sure they will find something else to fine me for, but I'm trying to stay on the up and up. Thanks
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OSHA section 1926.453-aerial lifts.
Basically wear fall protection and tie off to the point of attachment on the bucket.
Never move the lift in the upright position. Don't stand on the edge of the bucket because you can't reach that last little bit.
Only authorized people may operate the lift. Have the rental company give training on how to use the lift. If they don't give out cards have it noted that you were "trained" on proper operation of the lift by the guy who delivered it.

I'd have to say the most important thing is to identify any overhead hazards before the bucket even leaves the ground.
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OSHA section 1926.453-aerial lifts.
Basically wear fall protection and tie off to the point of attachment on the bucket.
Never move the lift in the upright position. Don't stand on the edge of the bucket because you can't reach that last little bit.
Only authorized people may operate the lift. Have the rental company give training on how to use the lift. If they don't give out cards have it noted that you were "trained" on proper operation of the lift by the guy who delivered it.

I'd have to say the most important thing is to identify any overhead hazards before the bucket even leaves the ground.
This right here is what we did when I was in the IBEW doing industrial work.

OSHA 29 CFR 1926, AKA "Construction Safety Orders" is what you're looking for. If I remember correctly, it's searchable on their website.
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My rental company suggested I call this other company that specializes in renting lift equipment. The salesman I spoke with told me that if OSHA stops on the job the workers, in the lift, need to be certified to use the machine. The fines range from $10,000 to $15,000. He said there is a 4 day class for around $400. You get a lifetime certification to operate any forklift or man lift. The other option is a certification on the specific machine you are renting. It would be taught at the time the machine is dropped off. The cost is $40 per man and the certification is good for 2 years. Both options are cheaper than the fine.
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No harness required in a scissor lift but must have harness and be tied off in a boom lift.

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