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:

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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