Replace Your Ladder with Something More Stable
Posted by: Erika Green on December 16, 2016
If you’re planning to pull a Clark Griswold this holiday season, chances are you’ve pulled out the old ladder for outdoor projects. Stop right there. Ladders are great but they only allow you to go up and down. That’s it. Due to their size, they provide little to no mobility and can’t protect you against gusts of wind, which is a real risk when working from the air. Genie aerial equipment on the other hand, is a great solution for tough to reach jobs. Boom and scissor lifts have a steel base that self-levels to make sure the machine is safely and securely fashioned to the ground.
Plus, aerial equipment isn’t just for professionals. You can rent this equipment to help you safely reach your roof, clean out the gutters, trim trees in the yard and even hang holiday lights. See how:
Before you get started with your aerial equipment from The Home Depot Rental, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Choose your worksite carefully – Aerial equipment relies heavily on a quality worksite. Don’t use these machines on a sloped or soft surface – you need something firm on which the boom lift can level. Also remember with the boom lift’s added height you need to make sure you can clearly navigate the entire worksite. Do a thorough walk-through to make sure there aren’t overhead obstructions such as power lines and utilities.
- Use safety lanyards and harnesses – You need multiple types of lanyards and harnesses to connect you to aerial equipment and protect you from falling. Use a personal fall protection harness, three feet restraint lanyard and six feet shock-absorbing lanyard when in the platform.
- Practice safe equipment operation – Unlike other heavy equipment like a skid steer or mini excavator, the boom lift has a stationary base. So, keeping that in mind, it’s critical you practice how to boom up, down, left and right before you start, as you won’t be at base level when the equipment is active.
- Don’t push beyond your limits – Just because a boom lift is sturdier than a ladder doesn’t make it immune to risk. Operate the machinery within its limits. Don’t reach six feet outside of the platform to clear your leaves from the gutter or overload the basket with more people than the platform is meant to hold. Which leads us to our next point…
- …Have no more than two people in the platform at any given time – It’s a metal platform with a steel equipment base but it’s not invincible. Read the operator’s manual and adhere to the weight restrictions before booming up to your worksite.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – The Home Depot Rental is always on hand to help with questions. Call us anytime during your project at 1-888-266-7228.
Safety is always key and with safe aerial equipment operation, you’ll be able to take on more tasks in less time. So, go ahead, swap out the ladder for aerial equipment. You won’t be sorry.