FALLS IN THE WORKPLACE

Aerial Lifts

Publications

UPDATE
Terminology Clarification: This page uses the term ‘aerial lifts’ as an overarching term to capture multiple types of lifts, such as scissor lifts and boom lifts. Please note both OSHA and ANSI standards vary for different types of lifts.

Scissors Lift

The following is a selected list of publications produced by NIOSH and its stakeholders and partners. This information is pertinent to aerial lift safety. Users of aerial lift products are encouraged to seek updated information from all of these sources, and to remain an informed and prudent user of this technology.

Aerial lift hazard recognition simulator flyer
NIOSH Publication No. 2017-103 (November 2016)
This flyer gives employers, trainers, safety professionals, and aerial lift operators information on the NIOSH Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Simulator and how to access it.

Books
Fall Prevention and Protection: Principles, Guidelines and Practices
CRC Press: October 2016 / :1-547

Book Chapters
NIOSH Aerial Lift Safety Research and Practice
Fall Prevention and Protection: Principles, Guidelines and Practices
CRC Press: October 2016 / :271-290 chapter 16

Ergonomic Hazards and Controls for Elevating Devices in Construction
Occupational Ergonomics: Theory and Applications Second Edition
CRC Press: March 2012 / :653-693 chapter 25

2007-03 Company owner dies from fall after upper boom failure on aerial lift – Ohio

2003-01 Part-time Laborer Pinned Between Scissor Lift Work Platform Railing and Doorway Header – Virginia

2002-04 Plumber Dies After Being Crushed Between a Tandem Scissors Lift Platform and the I-Beam Frame of a Mobile Home -Tennessee

1997-12 Tree Trimmer Dies After 40-Foot in Aerial Bucket – Virginia

1997-14 Maintenance Worker Dies After Overhead Crane Collides With Aerial Platform at Construction Equipment Plant – North Carolina

1996-20 Painter Dies After Falling From Aerial Platform – Virginia

1996-18 Supervisor Dies as a Result of Injuries Sustained in Fall With Powered Vertical Lift Aerial Platform – Virginia

1995-10 Tree Trimmer Dies After Being Run Over by Aerial Bucket Truck – Virginia

1994-14 Construction Foreman Dies After Falling From Aerial Lift Bucket Truck – South Carolina

1992-35 Line Mechanic Dies After Falling From Aerial Bucket Truck – Virginia

1992-25 Electrician Electrocuted After Contacting Energized Conductor While Working From the Bucket of an Aerial Lift Truck – Virginia

1992-02 Lineman Electrocuted After Contacting Energized Conductor While Working From the Bucket of an Aerial Lift Truck – Virginia

1992-01 Electrical Contracting Company Line Mechanic Electrocuted After Contacting Energized Conductor While Working From an Aerial Bucket – Virginia

1991-03 Tree Trimming Groundsman Electrocuted After Contacting an Energized Aerial Bucket Truck – South Carolina

1990-35 Electrical Lineman Dies After Falling 35 Feet to The Ground From a Burning Aerial Bucket – South Carolina

STATE FACE Reports

2013MI091 Painter Died When Elevated Scissor Lift Tipped to Side When Tire Entered Pavement Depression – Michigan

2013MA032 Laborer Compressed Between the Top Rail of a Scissor Lift Guardrail and a Steel Beam – Massachusetts

2011MA043 Municipal Electrician Dies after Falling from the Raised Bucket of a Vehicle-mounted Aerial Lift That Was Struck by a Tractor-trailer – Massachusetts

2010CA008 A Construction Worker Dies When a Fully Extended Scissor Lift Falls Over – California

2009CA008 A Welder Dies When the Scissor Lift He Was Operating Tips Over – California

2005OR007 Technician crushed when aerial platform lift engaged

2004NY135 Maintenance Mechanic Killed When Improperly Installed Overhead Garage Door Toppled Scissors Lift – New York

2000NJ073 Electrician Killed When Scissor Lift Tips Over – New Jersey

2000NE050 Steel Erector Falls From Scissors Lift – Nebraska

1998CA003 Electrician Apprentice Dies When His Neck is Crushed By a Scissor lift-California

2012MA013 Municipal Electrician Dies After Falling Out of an Aerial Lift Truck’s Raised Bucket After it Was Struck By a Semi-Tractor Trailer – Massachusetts

2011MA043 Municipal Electrician Dies After Falling From the Raised Bucket of a Vehicle-Mounted Aerial Lift That Was Struck By a Tractor-Trailer – Massachusetts

2007NY080 Mechanic Killed When Aerial Work Platform Collapses – New York

2005OR007 Technician Crushed When Aerial Platform Lift Engaged – Oregon

2003NY034 Millwright Killed When Aerial Work Platform Tipped Over – New York

2003MI146 Electrician Dies From Being Pinned Between Iron Pipe and Articulated Boom-Supported Aerial Work Platform Control Panel – Michigan

1999AK011 Laborer/Rigger Electrocuted During an Aerial Lift of Equipment – Alaska

1998MA043 Self-employed Electrician Dies While Driving Aerial Lift in Parking Garage – Massachusetts

1992MA012 Massachusetts Bridge Painter Dies in Fall From Toppled Aerial Scissor Lift– Massachusetts

1992MA001 Massachusetts Public Utility Lineman Dies of Thermal Burns When Aerial Lift Hydraulic Hoses Ruptured and Ignited – Massachusetts

1991CO079 Tree Trimmer Dies After Falling 12 Feet When Exiting the Personnel Bucket on an Aerial Bucket Truck – Colorado

Aerial LiftsCdc-pdfExternal
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)

Download the infographics as PDFs or JPGs for use in social media, presentations, and print materials.

OSHA Fall Protection for Aerial LiftsExternal
OSHA requirements for fall protection systems while using aerial lift equipment.

OSHA Quick CardExternal
OSHA Safe Work Practices for Aerial Lifts.

OSHA Fact Sheet: Aerial LiftsExternal
Aerial Lifts

OSHA Fact Sheet: Using Aerial LiftsExternal
Using Aerial Lifts

International Powered Access Federation (IPAF)External
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the leading voice of the industry addressing the use and manufacture of powered access. As an industry trade group, it addresses the needs of manufacturers, distributors, users, rental and training companies.

Page last reviewed: March 13, 2018