It seems there is little known about what’s required when checking bucket trucks and so we thought we’d share the consensus of findings…
The main OSHA Standard appears to be 1910.67 – Vehicle-Mounted Elevating & Rotating Work Platform states:
1910.67(c)(2)(i) Lift controls shall be tested each day prior to use to determine that such controls are in safe working condition.
If the vehicle is being used in the Construction industry, then the OSHA Standard 1926.601 Motor Vehicles, Mechanized Equipment and Marine Operations will also have to be followed which states:
1926.601(b)(14) All vehicles in use shall be checked at the beginning of each shift to assure that the following parts, equipment, and accessories are in safe operating condition and free of apparent damage that could cause failure while in use: service brakes, including trailer brake connections; parking system (hand brake); emergency stopping system (brakes); tires; horn; steering mechanism; coupling devices; seat belts; operating controls; and safety devices. All defects shall be corrected before the vehicle is placed in service. These requirements also apply to equipment such as lights, reflectors, windshield wipers, defrosters, fire extinguishers, etc., where such equipment is necessary.
Bucket trucks, of course, have all of the above features.
This video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MdUM_VJxok may also be useful as it explains what should be covered in a daily inspection.
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