Aerial Lift Operation for Public Employees in Massachusetts

Mass General Law Ch 149 s 18A contains instructions for providing safe equipment for workers.    To see MGL c. 149, click here.

Private employers: To comply with Aerial Lift requirements, private employers working on public or private property must comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.67 and 1926.453.

Public employers: To comply with Aerial Lift requirements, public employers must provide at a minimum:

  • Prevent work platform, boom and truck from being struck by traffic.
    • Close down road, in both directions when possible;
    • Close down entire traffic lane that boom and platform will encroach.
    • Pre-plan the workzone traffic cones and signage before dispatch to the work site.
  • Prevent worker from being thrown out of work platform:
    • Anchor worker inside the work platform with a restraint lanyard.
    • Keep worker’s feet on floor of work platform at all times.
    • Prevent work platform, boom and truck from being struck by traffic.
  • Prevent workers from being struck by motorists:
    • Wear ANSI 2004-107 Class 2 or Class 3 high visibility reflective clothing.
  • Prevent electrocution
    • Keep work platform, boom and truck at least 10 feet away from live electrical power lines.
    • For aerial lift trucks that are designed for work near electrical, conduct daily inspection of truck, particularly fiberglass sections.
  • Inspect aerial lift truck before each use. Tagout and do not use broken or defective equipment that do not meet manufacturer specifications.
  • Train workers.

Under MGL c. 149 s 6, the Department of Labor Standards can issue a civil penalty for each violation. Public employers who implement a comprehensive Aerial Lift  program in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1926.453 will be considered to meet Massachusetts requirements for public employees.

Technical Assistance Bulletins: 

DPH Safety Alert: Working from Aerial Lifts pdf format of DPH Safety Alert: Working from Aerial Lifts

Aerial Lift Bulletin pdf format of Aerial Lift Bulletin