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Aerial Lift/Elevating Work Platform Safety Program


Aerial lifts are commonly used in construction, inspection, athletic events and repair services to lift Montgomery College employees to an elevated work position. Proper operation and use of aerial lifts can make completion of tasks at elevation, safer and more efficient. However, unsafe use, operation and aerial lift work practices can result in serious injury. This program has been developed due to the hazards associated with improper use and the College's concern for the safety of individuals in and around this type of equipment. In addition, this program outlines general, operating, maintenance, inspection and training requirements governing safe aerial lift use at the College.


Departments using aerial lifts must ensure that supervisors and operators comply with all aspects of this safety program. All College employees must successfully complete a training operating aerial lifts on College tasks (projects) are expected to meet the requirements of this program, and comply with all applicable statues and regulations governing the use of powered industrial trucks.


Several OSHA regulations and ANSI standards apply to aerial lifts and include provisions for design, operator training, and safe operating practices, these include:

  • 29 CFR 1910.66 (Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance)
  • 29 CFR 1910.67 (Vehicle Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platforms -Bucket Truck)
  • 29 CFR 1910.68 (Man Lifts)
  • 29 CFR 1926.20 ( General Safety & Health Provisions)
  • 29 CFR 19226.21 (Safety Training and Education)
  • 29 CFR 1926.453 (Aerial Lifts)
  • ANSI/SIA A92.5-2006 (Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platform)
  • ANSI/SIA A92.2 (Aerial Work Platform Standards)
  • ANSI/SIA A92.6-2006 (Self-propelled Elevated Work Platform)
  • 29 CFR 191 (OSHA Fall Protection Standard)


This program has been developed to reduce the risk of physical injury or property damage in areas where aerial lifts are in operation. It also brings the College into compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

Types of Aerial Lifts

  • Vehicle Mounted Elevating and Rotating Work Platform (Bucket Truck)
  • Scissor Lift
  • Man Lift/Cherry Picker

Vehicle Mounted Elevated and Rotating Work Platform (Bucket Truck)

This aerial device (bucket truck) (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) lift has a boom that extends horizontally and vertically.