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One Third of AWP Accidents Happen During Loading and Unloading of Boom Lifts or Scissor Lifts

According to the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), almost one-third of accidents involving aerial work platforms reported by rental companies involve trailer loading and unloading.

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“The main causes of loading and unloading incidents have been traced to insecure loads and machines falling off between ramps. These risks can be prevented through proper training and management of the work,” said Tim Whiteman, IPAF CEO.

US Markets Inc. (USM) offers the following tips for loading boom lifts and telehandlers:

  • If possible, work with another person on the ground who can spot the operator as he loads the equipment.
  • Always maintain correct body posture and three-point lifting position.
  • Make sure all of the mechanical loading assist components on the trailer, such as lift handle and extension, slides, and rollers, are in proper working order.
  • Verify that the truck or trailer bed is long enough to accommodate the length of the boom lift or telescopic handler.
  • Verify that the capacity of the truck, ramp, and tailgate is sufficient for the load.
  • Have you secured all necessary permits and have the bill of lading in place?
  • Fully retract and stow the boom on boom lifts and telescopic handlers.
  • Fully retract axles.
  • Check that the boom’s transportation locks are in place.
  • Secure the boom and the platform.
  • If using a forklift to load, such as lifting a scissor lift onto a trailer, position forks in pockets provided and lift as instructed by the manufacturer.
  • Conduct a walk-around inspection to assure equipment is tied down properly.

IPAF highlighted safe techniques for delivery drivers during the bauma 2016 construction show in Munich, Germany, April 11-17, 2016.

As an additional resource, refer to the 2013 tip sheet, “Preparing a Self-Propelled Aerial Work Platform for Transport,” produced through the OSHA and Scaffold & Access Industry Association Alliance.

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A92 Standards open for Public Comment

The Scaffold & Access Industry Association has released proposed standards for aerial work platforms, including A92.20 (design, calculations, safety requirements, and test methods), A92.22 (safe use), and A92.24 (training requirements). The public comment period will end May 16. Draft copies of the proposed standards can be obtained by or calling 816-595-4860.




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North American rental rates on the rise

North American rental rates on the rise
Written by Helen Wright – 10 Mar 2016


Data from EquipmentWatch has revealed quarter-on-quarter rate increases in North America in the final three months of 2015, and forecast further improvements for 2016.

EquipmentWatch tracked 113 rental companies across North America, including 116 types of rental equipment, and collected a total of 41471 examples of rental rates for the fourth quarter of 2015.

It said the strongest retail rate increases were seen in the crawler excavator category, which saw 13.3% quarter-on-quarter rental rate growth to an average of US$7287 (€6647).

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