Why do EWP boom lifts tip over?

EWP Boom Lift Safety

When used safely and correctly, an EWP Boom Lift can be a very useful piece of equipment. However, they can also be dangerous if not used properly. One of the dangers of using a boom lift is that they can easily tip over if not handled correctly. In this blog post, we will look at some of the reasons why boom lifts tip over and what you can do to prevent it from happening. Stay safe out there!

1. Lack of planning

Solution = Understand the task/work requirements, inspect the work area prior to work, assess ground/operating surfaces, determine operating paths, identify hazards, assess clearances, and assess weather/environmental conditions.

2. Lack of training

Solution = Identify gaps in training, increase training, understand competency requirements, correct personnel selection, address culture issues regarding safety

3. Equipment selection

Solution = Understand boom lift limitations and capabilities, arrange product training, and provide access to trained professionals

4. Inspection

Solution = Conduct pre-start, operational and post-inspections as per the manufacturer’s recommendations, if in doubt remove and isolate defective/damaged equipment and have it inspected by a professional

5. User error

Solution = Read and understand the boom lift range chart, control function labeling must be clear for the operator, reliable communications must be constant, never work alone, never rush a job, never override safety devices, follow safe work procedures, avoid distractions, if in doubt ask for help.


Conclusion paragraph: So far we have looked at the five main reasons why EWP Boom Lifts tip over. It is important to be aware of these dangers when working with this type of equipment. However, there are ways to prevent these accidents from happening. If you are not familiar with how to operate a boom lift safely, it is important to get training from a professional company like Prosafe. We offer on or offsite safety training courses that will teach you and your staff how to safely use and operate a boom lift. Contact us today for more information or visit our EWP Boom Lift Course page to find out more and enrol online.

Jo Lidster

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