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Your Aerial Lift Maintenance Checklist


An aerial lift maintenance checklist is critical for safe operation of your equipment. Regular inspections are the best way to keep your equipment running efficiently, extend the life of your fleet, and keep your team safe. Furthermore, OSHA requires that a pre-start inspection be performed before each work shift.

Make sure your operators perform this check before operating an aerial lift.

1.    Perform a Visual Check of the Aerial Lift Exterior

  • Inspect the aerial lift tires to make sure they are properly inflated and damage-free
  • Check to see if there are any visible leaks
  • Review all placards, warnings, operational, instructional and control markings for legibility
  • Ensure all mechanical fasteners and locking pins are in working order
  • Check all cable and wiring harnesses
  • Make sure there are no loose or missing parts
  • Ensure your guardrails are properly in place and stable
  • Check the outriggers, stabilizers and other structures

2.    Perform a Visual Check of the Aerial Lift Interior

  • Test your lower level controls to make sure they operate correctly in case of an emergency
  • Test all horns, gauges, lights and backup alarms
  • Slowly accelerate and decelerate to test the steering and brake systems
  • Make sure your operating and emergency controls are functional

3.    Perform a Check of the Aerial Lift Engine

  • Ensure that your aerial lift has all of the proper fluid levels
  • While you are checking the fluid levels, check again to make sure there are no leaks
  • If your aerial lift is battery powered, check the battery and charger
  • Perform an inspection of the hydraulic, air, pneumatic, fuel and electrical systems

4.    Check for Environmental Factors

Once you have finished the interior, exterior and engine inspections, you should look around your work environment to spot potential hazards.

  • Check for windy or rainy weather in the forecast
  • Inspect the floor for drop-offs, uneven surfaces, holes and slanted floors
  • Remove and debris, cords and other impediments that could be in your path
  • Look for overhead obstructions you could run into
  • Make sure you know where all chemical lines, gas lines and power lines are
  • Clean any floors that are slick from grease, leakage and spills

The above list of equipment inspections should be performed before every shift that requires an aerial lift. Don’t forget to check the operator’s manual to see if there are any other inspections you need to perform that are specific to your equipment. You can find more information on OSHA’s standards for aerial lift inspections here.

If an aerial lift is unsafe, you should take it out of service immediately. If you need to continue to your project and an aerial lift breaks down, your material handling partner should be able to provide you with a rental you can use to keep the job going.

For help servicing your aerial lift or to schedule planned maintenance call us at 888.EQDEPOT or visit www.eqdepot.com.


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