Boom lifts are essential pieces of equipment in various industries, enabling workers to access elevated areas safely and efficiently. To ensure the safety of both operators and those nearby, regular inspections are crucial. Using an inspection app, or a checklist, like the comprehensive boom lift inspection checklist below, provides a systematic approach to assessing the condition of your boom lift.
Boom lift inspections play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of both operators and those working around these elevated platforms. Regular inspections serve as a proactive measure to identify and address potential issues before they escalate into dangerous situations. By meticulously examining structural integrity, hydraulic systems, electrical components, safety devices, and other critical aspects, inspections help prevent accidents and malfunctions that can lead to injuries or even fatalities.
Inspection protocols are often mandated by regulations and standards, such as those from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute), which require employers to maintain their equipment in safe working condition.
Beyond compliance, boom lift inspections also contribute to cost savings by reducing downtime and expensive repairs. They extend the lifespan of these valuable machines, ensuring they remain reliable assets on the job site. Download OSHA’s Aerial Lifts Fact Sheet here.
Boom Lift Inspection Checklist
While specific checklists make vary slightly depending on the telehandler’s make and model, key components that should go into the telehandler check include:
1. Pre-Operation Inspection
Ensure the operator is certified and trained
2. Exterior Inspection
Visual inspection for signs of damage, dents, or cracks
Inspect tires for proper inflation, visible damage, and adequate tread depth
Inspect wheel nuts and bolts for tightness
Verify that all lights are working correctly
3. Engine & Fluids
Inspect engine compartment for any visible leaks or damage
Verify fluid levels are within recommended range
Inspect belts and hoses for wear, fraying, or damage
4. Functional Checks
Test brakes for effectiveness
Ensure steering is responsive
5. Mast & Boom Inspection
Inspect mast and boom for any visible damage, cracks, or signs of wear
Check conditions of any attachments
Ensure load capacity plate is legible and matches the telehandler’s current configuration
5. Operational Tests
Conduct a functional test by extending and retracting the boom and raising and lowering any attachments
Test all controls, levers, and buttons for proper operation
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