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How to Make Sure that a Boom Lift is at its Optimal Condition

7/20/2015 3:43:29 PM | by Luanna Chin

Boom Lifts

Aerial lift equipment inspection routine has become extremely significant no matter which application one should use it for. With the possible cost of insurance as well as the complexity of finding professional employees, the last thing one might want to see happen is one of the production staff get injured due to lack of proper safety inspection. Safety precautions also pertain to an ongoing responsibility to staff involved in the operation of the aerial equipment such as boom lifts.

One should conduct a proper safety inspection before using the boom lift / cherry picker not only at the time of procurement. Someone, if possible, the operator must take a few minutes to inspect and check the machine including all of its safety features to ensure that everything is in optimal condition. Aerial lift equipment like cherry pickers can be very dangerous if not used correctly. Each time a worker is put up in the air, the possible accidents are intensified.

The best method of avoiding accidents is to stop before they even happen. What do people say? Prevention is better than cure! In any case, one should inspect the boom lift intricately.

Initially, just like most of the man lift, one should start checking the engine. Diesel or gas, check the oil – check the color of the oil, oil level, if it looks fresh or thick and dirty. Check the oil’s consistency by running your fingers through it. Is there presence of dirt particles or grits in it? Does the oil has a fresh oil smell or burnt? Keep in mind that a watery or milky coloring on water-cooled equipment could potentially be a sign of a cooling problem such as a leaking head gasket. Check the wiring. Does it seem like somebody has been working on it or utilized a variety of colored wires around the engine or in the harness? Definitely ensure to start and check all the engine functions. Assure that the lifting equipment runs from both upper and lower controls.

Check the valve body and hydraulic pump as well; check if there’s any leak. By nature of the hydraulic pump’s function, perhaps there may be a little amount of hydraulic fluid in the valve body or manifold but overall, there must not be a noticeable dripping oil or leak. Make sure that the hoses and hose fittings are free of leakage, cracks and kinks.

Manlift equipment is very susceptible to pivot point cracking due to heavy loads allocated on these points. Check cautiously at the places where bushings and pins are used, where the arms of the cherry picker come together; make certain that they are free from abnormal wear and cracks as these are high stress areas. Pay attention to the welding where the basket and boom meet; it should be free of missing bolts and cracks to prevent falling off when you’re up in the air.

Next one to check is the turret assembly. The slue ring or main turret should not have more than 10” movement. Last but not least, check the wheels. Make certain that the alignment of the wheels is correct and the lug nuts are tight.

Check the operator’s guide for other safety related concerns that should be inspected for correct function and operation before procuring the lifting equipment and even before using it.

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