In its continued efforts to improve safety regulations pertaining to fall protection with aerial lifts, OSHA’s latest changes – affecting knuckleboom crane trucks and other aerial lifts – are now in full force. These increased regulations were announced last year, with changes going into effect in July of 2014, and the final compliance date set as April 1, 2015. As a result, owners of new or used knucklebooms, as well as anyone looking for the best new or used knucklebooms for sale, must be aware of these new regulations and ensure their boom truck is compliant – or risk a citation from OSHA.

Goals For Fall Protection Regulations

With increased regulations regarding the usage of fall protection for bucket trucks, cranes. and other new or used aerial lift equipment, OSHA hopes to prevent as many as 20 deaths annually and over 100 serious injuries per year as a result of falls from this equipment. The last recorded changes to these regulations were made in 1972; the regulations were very outdated, no longer providing enough protection for workers in the general construction and utilities fields. Changes to these regulations concerning fall protection affect §1910.269 and Subpart V of OSHA’s Final Rule For Fall Protection Provisions.

Effect of New Fall Protection Regulations

The new fall protection regulations require that one of three types of fall protection gear be used with articulating knuckleboom crane trucks, or any other kind of aerial lift crane equipment. OSHA describes these three types of equipment as noted below:

  • Personal Fall Arrest – This type of safety equipment is used to stop a worker from falling from a knuckleboom at any height; it is a fall prevention piece of safety gear.

  • Fall Restraint – A fall restraint is a type of safety equipment used to stop a fall that has already started, by not allowing the worker to continue falling; it is a fall inhibition piece of safety gear.

  • Work-Positioning Equipment – This method uses special safety equipment, such as a body harness and belt, to let workers perform their duties with both hands free when working in an elevated position; this is also a fall prevention piece of safety gear.

These regulations cover any work performed four feet or more above the ground by using new or used boom lift equipment to work on a pole, tower, or other similarly tall work site. It is also in effect when workers are required to climb up or down a pole, tree, etc. in lieu of lift equipment. The only time this may be bypassed is in the rare event that fall protection systems interfere with the work being performed and increase safety concerns as a result. Employers are required to provide all necessary fall prevention and arrest system equipment as well as ensure employee compliance with OSHA regulations.

Since these new OSHA regulations are already in effect, any company using new or used knucklebooms must already be in compliance or risk penalties. Employers must be sure all vehicles are outfitted with the necessary safety gear and equipment, such as body harnesses and belts, lanyards, guardrail systems, and any other fall protection gear; employees must also be trained in how and when to use such gear. Only through good safety practices – and full compliance with the new OSHA standards – can a company ensure that operators of the best new or used knucklebooms will not fall from those vehicles!

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