As mentioned in our recent webinar on fall protection for aerial lifts, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) shows a dramatic video of what can happen to a worker when not properly protected in an aerial lift. The video, “IPAF CONEXPO 2008: Only dummies don’t wear harnesses on booms,” can be found here.
This video conveys a very powerful message about the importance of proper anchorage and fall protection measures in an aerial lift. We need to view harnesses and lanyards in aerial lifts more like we view seat belts. We don’t drive recklessly because we have a seat belt on. We shouldn’t do risky behaviors in an aerial lift assuming the equipment will automatically protect us. Along the same lines, we should only view a harness and lanyard as protection in the case of an incident.