The ongoing protection of America’s work force is the purpose behind all standards set by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), including those that apply to the operation and maintenance of new and used knuckleboom trucks as well as other crane-type equipment. Recently, OSHA updated their fall prevention policy to be more specific and clearer to understand. Those changes go into effect April 1, 2015.

Why Were the Standards Changed?

OSHA’s safety standards pertaining to electric power generation, power transmission, and distribution work as well as the equipment used to perform that work such as knuckleboom trucks have been in effect since 1972. After recent reviews of these standards, it was determined by OSHA to be long outdated and needing an update for the safety of the thousands of utility workers affected. Fall prevention, something that carries its own standard of rules, has always been classified under these same standards. With the new changes, OSHA expects to prevent more accidents and keep workers safe.

How Did The OSHA Standards Change?

With fall protection one of the main points that has been addressed and changed within OSHA’s policy §1910.269, Subpart V, the agency expects to prevent up to 20 deaths and over 100 injuries per year. The changes that will go into effect include the requirement of fall safety gear for all operators of new and used knuckleboom trucks as well as any other qualifying equipment. This requirement means that beginning April 1, complying with this rule requires operators to be equipped with at least one of these pieces of fall safety gear:

  • System to Stop A Person From Falling – A system or device used to stop a fall should someone slip off equipment when working at heights.

  • System to Restrain A Person From Falling – A means of prevention to keep a person from falling off of equipment when working at heights.

  • Devices to Position A Worker – A harness safety system designed to suspend a worker away from the equipment at a height in order to work with two hands without falling from the equipment.

These specific aspects of fall prevention were never outlined previously in OSHA’s safety standards for working at heights with equipment such as knuckleboom trucks. Beginning April 1, 2015, companies affected by these new OSHA standards are required to provide one of the three methods referenced above to all employees who work in an elevated environment.

Who Is Affected by These Changes?

According to the updated standards, these changes apply to a worker in any capacity who climbs and positions from a device that elevates four feet or more to complete an assigned job. This includes those who work on poles, towers, trees, or knuckleboom trucks. All fall prevention or restraint systems must also comply with OSHA’s safety standards on how they are constructed and implemented according to (Subpart D), or construction standards (Subpart M) to qualify.

For more information about the new, updated OSHA safety standards for fall prevention, the full statement can be read at: Department of Labor, OSHA, Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment (2014) . Companies who own and operate new or used knuckleboom trucks, bucket trucks, lifts, and any other type of aerial equipment must review these standards to ensure their employees are equipped with the necessary, approved safety gear to prevent falls and keep them safe and productive!

Need To Find Great Knuckleboom Trucks In Miami?

Central Truck Sales Has The Best Used Knuckleboom Trucks For Sale!

Call (305) 249-1325 – Today!