Overhead crush and electrocution hazards when using boom lifts
There is no sound at all in this animated video.
Text appears on screen. It reads: ‘The next 60 seconds could save your life.’
Text fades out. The WorkSafe Victoria logo appears on screen, along with the text: ‘Boom lifts: Overhead crush and electrocution hazards’
There is an animated image of a worker standing at the rail on the platform of a boom lift. The worker is facing away from a high beam located behind him. The boom mechanism begins to extend while the worker is standing on it. Image zooms out. The worker is still facing away from the beam and appears not to be aware of it. The boom mechanism continues to expand upwards and the worker’s head makes contact with the beam, crushing his head down towards the railing of platform.
Text appears on screen. It reads: ‘Always watch what’s behind’
Image zooms back onto the injured worker, whose head is still trapped between the beam and the rail of the platform on the boom lift.
New image appears of worker standing on the platform of the boom lift against the rail. He is facing towards the beam. The boom mechanism is expanded and the boom lift is moving backwards quickly, bringing the worker towards the beam.
The boom lift platform continues to move backwards, striking the worker on his head.
Text appears on screen. It reads: ‘Lower basket before moving machine’.
Image zooms in on injured worker, not moving and bent backwards over the rail, trapped under the beam.
New image of a worker in the basket of on a boom lift. The boom mechanism is extended. We can see a beam just above where the basket on the boom mechanism is extended. The worker is facing forward, seemingly unaware of the boom above him.
The basket on the boom mechanism rapidly approaches the beam, and the worker is struck at the back of the head. The worker slumps over the rail of the basket.
Text appears on screen. It reads: ‘Always check what’s above’
Image zooms in on injured worker, not moving and still bent double forwards over the rail.
New image of 1 worker in the basket of a boom lift. The boom mechanism is expanded. The worker and boom lift are facing sideways, almost parallel to a large beam above them.
The boom rotates sideways towards the beam. The basket of the boom lift makes contact with the beam, knocking the worker on his upper chest and head.
Text appears on screen. It reads: ‘Look for obstructions before slewing’
Image zooms in on injured worker, not moving and still bent double over the rail, trapped under the beam.
New image of one worker on a boom lift. The boom mechanism is partially expanded. The boom lift is moving upwards towards power lines. The worker is looking forward and does not appear to realise how close the basket is to the power lines. The boom mechanism expands upwards, bringing the worker dangerously close to the power lines. The boom mechanism expands fully as it appears to travel over a bump on the ground. When the worker’s head makes contact with the power lines, the electricity flows through the worker’s body and down the boom lift.
Text appears on screen. It reads: ‘Small bumps cause large movement of the basket’
The worker collapses over the rails of the basket on the boom lift.
Image fades out.
Text appears on screen. It reads: ‘Don’t become a statistic’.
The WorkSafe Victoria logo appears on the screen. Underneath the logo is a section of text. This reads: ‘The information presented in this animation is intended for education only. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness, the content may not apply in every circumstance. WorkSafe cannot be held responsible for actions taken as a result of information contained in the animation, and extends no warranties as to the suitability of the information for your specific circumstances.’