Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Bucket Truck Survival Guide - In 5 Steps

Bucket trucks come in various sizes, but their main goal is to make your job easier and safer by lifting you to those hard to reach places, usually much too high for traditional ladders. Although in most cases a Bucket truck is safer than a ladder there are still some risks involved if not operated properly and that was how the Bucket Truck Survival Guide was born. But maybe I should go back just a bit. Maybe you don't even know what a bucket truck is. If you have ever seen the utility company, typically the telephone and electric company, working at the side of the road chances are they were using a bucket truck. Or you may have even seen someone using the same type of truck when removing a large tree from their property. Essentially a bucket truck, also know as a cherry picker, boom lift, man lift, basket crane or hydraladder is a type of arial work platform that usually consits of a bucket at the end of a hyrdalic lifitng arm. Usually this piece of machinery is attached to a truck. Hence a Bucket Truck.

The following list of safety guidelines should be taken into consideration whenever operating a bucket truck.

The Bucket Truck Survival Guide - In Five Parts

Following these 5 simple steps, and with proper use, a Bucket Truck can be much safer than using a typical ladder to reach those hard to reach places.

Part 1 - Pre-Safety Check
Before using a bucket truck, a safety inspection should be performed:
1) Check for oil leaks
2) Look for broken or damaged parts
3) Check for any signs of wear
4) Look for rust or cracks
5) Check all controls to ensure they are working properly

Part 2 - Parking
It is essential to park on level ground when using a Bucket Truck. You will also have to pay attention when it comes to different weather conditions. Parking on the snow or ice is much different then parking on solid ground. Even in the summer months, ground area may be soft, so make sure you are aware of the conditions, as soft ground, such as mud or snow may cause tipping if the truck is not properly parked.

Part 3 - Fuel
As the trucks engine can power the hydraulic lifting arm you should ensure that the tank is full of fuel before heading out on a job. If there is an auxiliary motor to power the lifting arm you must alsoensure that motor has plenty of fuel.

Part 4 - Emergency Operation
There may be a time when the lifting arm could malfunction. It is always a good idea to familiarize yourself the emergency procedures. If the lifting arm fails to retract you need to know exactly how to lower the bucket if the power system malfunctions.

Part 5 - Post-Safety Check
After you have finished for the day you should do another safety check ensuing all the same things as you did on your Pre Safety Check. Also it is a good idea to keep the truck free of debris and cover the bucket when it is not in use.

Author Resource:- Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.
This article about digger derrick trucks and bucket trucks was written with the help of i80 Equipment.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Pompano Beach company fined in fatal crane accident

Pompano Beach company fined in fatal crane accident -- South Florida

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found Ray Qualmann Marine Construction Inc. allowed an operator who had not received training for the Link-Belt LS-58 crane to use it. The company also did not conduct an annual inspection that would have noted issues with the crane, such as rusting of a boom, a missing boom angle indicator and poorly welded lacings, according to an OSHA report.

- Boom Angle Indicators, although designs have been improved for added benefits like readablity, reliability and ruggedness, have been around for many years - like proper operator training, it is an important safety device that can help prevent damage, injury or loss of life.