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Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

Do Boom Trucks Improve Safety in the Workplace?

There is a large amount of anticipated growth in the boom truck market that can be attributed to three key elements. These attributes are increased global demand for construction projects, an expansion of the distribution of energy, and further exploration of mines.

Why Should Companies Invest in This Vehicle?

Efficiency, safety, and versatility are three benefits of the benefits owners of this piece of equipment enjoy. Industry discussions highlight that boom trucks increase safety on worksites, supporting workers to perform tasks at heights safely.

Additionally, heavy equipment is relocated easily with the use of this vehicle, reaching optimal efficiency – both on the job and between worksites. 

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Is it Safer to Use a Boom Truck?

The bottom line is, yes. This has become a desirable piece of machinery than its more traditional alternative. A far more hazardous piece of equipment, ladders poses dangers, including instability, immobility, and limited flexibility. 

The boom truck can safely reach heights with contingency plans implemented incase a fall was to occur. For example, the addition of a bucket with workers safely harnessed in it allows both hands to be free for tasks. 

Tasks such as moving equipment to a specific level on a construction building, or unloading a new delivery can be completed more efficiently. While it is not guaranteed to be risk-free, it’s a less risky option.

However, a crucial detail to recognize is the increase in potential workplace hazards this machine can generate. Akin to other risks, these too require contingencies – primarily if the machinery is operated incorrectly. 

What are the New Hazards?

In a recent boom truck incident, the load became unstable and made contact with the levers. The sudden jerk raised the boom in direct contact with overhead wires. The main hazards of a boom truck include falling, tipping over, possible collisions with idle machinery, and contact with electrical components.

How to Ensure Safety?

On-site safety requires drivers to receive the correct training in operating the machinery. Increased regulations in the marketplace, due diligence on the manufacturer end to assure the vehicle is within their safety standards, and the operator using best practices all help to mitigate the chance of injury while using this piece of equipment.

Final Thoughts

Boom trucks have been proven to be one of the most efficient and safest ways people can reach objects off the ground. However, neglecting to understand the risk factors can be detrimental. Companies renting and selling boom trucks understand the risk factors. They can assist in deciding the right fit and model to meet anyone’s needs.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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