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The Lowdown On Bucket Trucks
Jake M. Robinson

Bucket trucks are mainly used in heavy industries and one can
spot them along the roadsides without much trouble. For
instance, you can see people doing work at heights or repairing
telephone connections on poles or fixing something at heights.
If this is so then you have seen a bucket truck. Bucket truck
is used to lift workers to places at heights.

These trucks come in a number of shapes and sizes just to
make-work easy. Bucket trucks are used in many different
purposes but the most common is power lineman. With the use of
these types of additional equipments, they can complete work in
less time. Bucket trucks are very safe for people who work at
severe heights.

The design given to the bucket truck includes a storage bin,
which is capable of holding tools, instruments and material
required by the worker. To provide extra stability some bucket
trucks are specifically designed with single or double arm
outrigger jacks. Some designs are operated by the auxiliary
engine, which is placed on the back section of the bucket
truck, while some of them powered by actual truck engine.

One must keep in mind that the bucket truck makes work easier,
comfortable, and safe and it is easy to operate but still it is
heavy equipment that requires a proper handling. It requires a
very minimum maintenance.

Bucket trucks come under OSHA standard guidelines, which must
be followed for the safety. Here are some important guidelines
how to use a bucket truck conveniently:

The bucket truck can be constructed of fiberglass, reinforced
plastic, metal, or wood. The truck should be used to elevate
employees to any job site located above ground.

Controls must be clearly and visibly marked and defined by

Bucket trucks may be modified for use other than the intended
use but only if the manufacturer or equal authority receives
approval to the modification in writing.

Load and distribution should always be checked to make sure
they fall within the manufacturer's recommendations.

The brakes must be set.

Bucket trucks should not be driven if employees are there in
the bucket.

Controls should be tested every day prior to the bucket truck
being used.

The lower controls should not be operated without the
permission of the employee in the bucket expect in the case of
an emergency.

Any employee operating the bucket truck must wear appropriate
protective gear at all times including safety boots, safety
goggles, gloves, a hardhat, etc. to protect from falling

For the business owners, the key to safety is training. If one
will operate the bucket truck using OSHA guidelines, this piece
of heavy equipment can provide yearlong support with minimum
maintenance expenditure.

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