Anytime workers are performing duties at height, there is the risk of a fall. This goes for anyone operating access equipment like scissor lifts, cherry pickers and boom lifts.
The threats are so great that risk management brokerage firm Madison Risk Group recently announced it will hold an interactive seminar to ensure anyone who works with this equipment understands the hazards that are present, and knows how to avoid them.
"In light of several recent events in the area, the need for continued education regarding aerial lift fall protection is clear," said Ron Ebert, president of Madison Risk Group.
"Workers should be trained by qualified personnel on all aspects of the lift. Our goal is that all of our clients' employees return home safely at the end of the day."
The Australian government has also put together documents that detail how workers can prevent falls and other accidents that may occur when using access equipment.
Before hiring any access products, such as manlifts or mobile hydraulic platforms, make sure you're well aware of all safety procedures associated with them, and monitor employees to make sure they implement these procedures correctly.