Bucket Truck Safety 101

Bucket Truck Safety

Drake Scruggs has served a wide range of customers with aerial bucket trucks for a variety of application needs. Our bucket truck customers include government and private sector businesses for jobs involving signage, lighting, utilities, traffic installations, forestry, and more.  In addition to offering the best bucket truck equipment, we offer our customers the benefit of our extensive knowledge and experience in aerial work applications.

Drake-Scruggs is committed to promoting the highest degree of safety in the operation of all of our equipment. We sell insulated bucket truck units for work involving or near electricity and make sure that all units are mounted on Department of Transportation (DOT) certified chassis. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),

 “Employers must take measures to ensure the safe use of aerial lifts by their workers if they are required to use this equipment in the course of their employment.”

As a trusted source for aerial bucket trucks, we take this directive very seriously, offering full training and support to our customers. We recommend these OSHA safe work practices to prevent any accidents or injuries:

  • Assure that workers operating aerial lifts are properly trained in the safe use of the equipment.
  • Maintain and operate elevating work platforms according to manufacturer instructions.
  • Never override hydraulic, mechanical, or electrical safety devices.
  • Do not move equipment with workers in an elevated platform unless permitted by the manufacturer.
  • Never allow workers to position themselves between overhead hazards, such as joists and beams, and the rails of the basket.
  • Maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10ft away from the nearest energized overhead lines.
  • Always treat power lines, wires and other conductors as energized, even if they are down or appear to be insulated.
  • Use a body harness or restraining belt with a lanyard attached to the boom or basket to prevent the workers from falling or being pulled from the basket.
  • Always set the brakes and use wheel chocks when on an incline.
  • Use outriggers, if provided.
  • Do not exceed the load limits of the equipment. Allow for the combined weight of the worker, tools and materials.

For more information on bucket truck safety, contact the professionals at Drake-Scruggs equipment company.