Winter is here, and in Wisconsin that means freezing temperatures, snow (and lots of it), and frigid winds. We’d all rather be inside, next to the wood stove, but work doesn’t stop just because Jack Frost has decided to visit. For those unfortunate souls that have to brave the conditions while operating a boom lift, we’ve got tips to keep you safer in the air.
SNOW AND ICE ON THE PLATFORM
Before you even leave the ground, if your boom lift is stored outside, make sure you’ve removed the snow and ice that has inevitably accumulated overnight. We highly recommend covering the platform if you store your equipment outside. A tarp will work but you can also purchase custom platform covers.
WIND PRECAUTIONS FOR BOOM LIFT OPERATION
Make sure you check the wind speeds before operating and know your boom lift’s wind speed rating. It can be found in the operator’s manual and on the decals attached to the machine. Don’t operate in wind speeds that exceed 28 miles per hour. Even if the wind speeds aren’t above 28 mph, strong or gusting winds can cause a tip over. Read more on your aerial lift’s wind speed ratings.
Watch for ice and snow on the ground. Be aware of your surroundings and check that your operating area is clear of debris and other hazards. Use caution around inclines. Even a small patch of ice on a slope can cause the boom lift to tip.
While you operate the boom, keep an eye on the weather. Wisconsin weather can change dramatically in just a few minutes. Visibility can be impaired quickly, so if you can’t see activity on the ground, you should not be operating the boom lift. Discontinue operation until the weather has cleared enough for you to safely resume work. Keep these safety tips in mind when operating your boom lift in Wisconsin’s winter climate. Read more on keeping your boom lift in peak condition through the winter season.