Monthly Archives: September 2017

Functions of a Cherry Picker

September 19, 2017

Cherry Picker is a hydraulic crane which is used for raising and lowering people, for instance, to work on overhead cables.

A Cherry Picker can be transported easily from one location to another and can be set up swiftly. They are made to be as weightless and firm as possible with excellent features and capabilities.


Cherry Picker on site


Cherry picker lifts were initially developed to pick fruit. This equipment is now used in fire fighting and prevention, repair services involving wire connections and typically whatever needs fixing that’s beyond the range and safety of a standard extension step ladder.

Cherry pickers may be utilized for the purpose of cleaning the windows (of a building) by a utility personnel that is out of reach when on their ladders. These machines are ideal for any job where the safe elevation of a person is required.

With regards to operation, you should first ensure operator and surrounding safety. The equipment works on the concept of hydraulics. Today, cherry pickers are made such that they are easily transported from one location to another with minimal effort for maximum productivity.

Originally designed to be used in fruit picking, this skillful piece of equipment is now likely to be used in repairing telecom or electricity poles or cables as it is for taking cherries off trees.

A cherry picker is an essential machine for a multitude of assignments which require elevation to complete. Safety is paramount when lifting difficult jobs at a higher position than ground level. On any given day, a cherry picker could be used to help with any number of substantial above ground activities.

The top 5 uses are:

Building Maintenance

A building which needs painting, cleaning or renovation will require staff given the assignment to operate at significant height and often at challenging angles. While a ladder may be seen as acceptable in use, a cherry picker provides the flexibility, maneuverability, and a level of safety when accessing any part of the building while using maintenance equipment, extending to a required point to complete the task.

Maintenance of overhead wiring

There are thousands of telephone and electricity poles all over the world and making sure they are all maintained and fixed is critical work. For any person engaged in this field, a cherry picker will be an essential part of their day to day routine to assure that they can complete each assigned task in a timely, safe and efficient manner. Previously, it was conventional that a ladder would be used and then climbing equipment to reach a high level of work, but this now considered to be a dangerous and outdated method now.

Film and Television

When watching shows on television, visual impact is added to the main shots with high angles of the camera as it captures every altitude of every second of the take. A cherry picker is important and a useful tool for filming. Film equipment can be raised to give the viewers a bird’s eye view and follow the action from above and help the director to get the perfect shot.

Fire services

Every day a lot of firefighters fearlessly expose their lives to danger to perform their duty and save people’s lives trapped through fire or other life-threatening situations. With the help of a cherry picker, they are able to remove those in danger on higher floors to safety other than using a ladder. When a cherry picker works within its operating limitations several rescues can take place at the same time and will limit the risks to first responders.

Picking Fruit

A cherry picker will not be called a “cherry picker” if it is not originally used for harvesting cherries. Picking fruit from big trees and high branches is now easy with the help of a cherry picker. There is no longer danger of falling from a height because of its location.

These kinds of activities have been made safer, and more efficient with new generation of highly mobile cherry pickers.

However, it is highly recommended that professional training from Power Access (see  be completed before operators are allowed to use this piece of access equipment. Areas such as general health and safety, machine operation, emergency control and limitations are all covered.

Knuckle Boom lift preventive measures to minimize hazards

September 12, 2017

In order to be able to operate a knuckle boom lift effectively, it is necessary to secure your safety, as well as to those people around you within the vicinity. This is important especially when it comes to curved road ways and slopes, which makes the knuckle boom lift quite challenging to handle.

boom lift


Usual Source of Incidents

There are a number of serious injuries at construction sites or in other work place environments as a result of failure to follow the safety rules in operating knuckle boom lift equipment, many of which are preventable.

Reasons why Accident may happen:

  • Half of the falls from boom lifts involved being ejected from the bucket after being struck by vehicles, cranes, or crane loads, or by falling objects, or when a lift suddenly jerked.
  • Two-thirds of the deaths from collapses/tip-overs of boom lifts occurred when the bucket cable or boom broke or the bucket fell; almost one-third were due to tip-overs.
  • Half of the boom lift electrocutions involved body contact with overhead power lines, mostly involving electricians or electrical power installers and repairers. Over one-third of the electrocutions involved an overhead power line contacting the lift boom or bucket.
  • In most of the caught in/between deaths, a worker was caught between the bucket edge and objects such as roof joists or beams while repositioning the bucket.
  • Turning corners at fast speeds and with too narrow turning circle.
  • Driving up or down the hills too fast.
  • Driving too fast on slick roads or where spills have occurred.
  • Driving too fast in a windy condition and Driving without taking other conditions into account.

When it comes to knuckle boom lift equipment which is taller than a standard car, its gravity begins to be a real concern for blind curves, slopes, driving up and down a mounting area, and even driving in general. The greater the main load of the lift, the greater the center of gravity. If the center is uneven during turning a corner, you could lose control or even flip the entire machine over.

Acceleration in executing a turn is very dangerous as this usually causes the boom lift to gaunt off from the curve, allowing its weight to cultivate the probability of it becoming unbalanced. The height of the projecting point, as well as the conditions, can create difficulty when driving up or down the hills.

To be able to prevent accidents from happening, it is essential to know how boom lift equipment acts under different situations and to then drive slowly and steadily to match the conditions. Keep in mind that gravity and the wind will both influence these machines when in motion. By slowing down, you can keep manage balance properly and the proportion of weight, as well as estimate any potential loss of control due to gravity, surfac, and gradient.

When driving a knuckle boom lift on elevated or slope areas, it is important that care and supervision are exercised at all times. Fatal accidents can occur when you do not follow the conditions that can cause the machine to overbalance. This is why it is essential that operators must be trained on how to use these lifts properly .

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