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How to Safely Operate a Cherry Picker

How to Safely Operate a Cherry Picker

The access equipment called a Cherry Picker is a movable vertical boom with an open bucket at the end from which a worker can perform aerial work such as trimming trees or repairing cable wires, etc.

As with other elevated work platforms operating a Cherry Picker can be dangerous as well, that is why it is very important to know the safety tips before operating a cherry picker and to receive some professional instructions and training like from the experts at Power Access.


Here are a few important safety tips on how to safely operate a Cherry Picker :

Inspect ground conditions and stability

Inadequate road base or level ground may result in an accident so it is important to make sure the ground is level and provides suitable traction to ensure the Cherry Picker remains stable during operation. Move the machine around in the lowered position to check stability and traction before attempting to raise the boom.

Never use a Cherry Picker :

  • When the ground incline is more than 5 degrees   
  • During bad weather with thunderstorms to avoid lightning strikes
  • Near any cable or electric power lines, in case of entanglement with live wires
  • When in doubt of the weight load, due to the risk of overturn or collapse      

Also, make sure the work platform is fitted with effective guardrails and toe boards.

What to Avoid to safely operate a Cherry Picker?


Taking risks – A cherry picker is a large maneuverable mechanical platform that is used for a wide range of access tasks at significant height. For your own safety, it is important to always have the safety harness on and to stay within the boundary of the harness. Due to operational heights, a serious fall can be fatal if the operator is not secured with the harness at all times. It is always a lot safer when you move the cherry picker from place to place to review any potential overhead obstructions. Ensure you check carefully for any overhead power lines to be sure they are not accidentally touched or broken when extending the boom when working.


Falling objects – ensure to secure the gates and barriers around the platform so that falling tools or objects do not strike any people below.


  1. Unstable ground conditions
  2. Overhead Wires
  3. Gradient too steep
  4. Not wearing harness
  5. Overextension causing imbalance
  6. Lack of regular inspections
  7. Mechanical failure due to poor service history
  8. Human error (not properly trained)
  9. Contact with other vehicles
  10. Operation in bad weather


Also, it is important to keep personnel and bystanders away from the cherry picker operation. Ensure the machine you hire is from a reputable company like PowerAccess so you can be sure every machine is serviced and operators are properly trained.


Ensure Proper Operator Training

Cherry Picker operators must be fully trained to ensure that they are familiar with the operation of the equipment and all safety precautions. PowerAccess has many professional training options to ensure safe operation of Cherry Pickers is maintained in the workplace.

Looking For Scissor Lift Rental?

Looking For Scissor Lift Rental?

Renting scissor lift equipment can help you save time, effort and money by getting the job done fast, especially with Power Access scissor lift rentals as we have an extensive range of the latest elevated work platform equipment. Scissor lifts are very useful for building maintenance and construction work. Materials and workers can be quickly and safely moved up and down with the push of a button. Scissor lifts are also the ideal elevator platform for emergency access with extra height available and the ability to carry equipment and personnel. It is not only the firefighters who can use scissor lifts as a life-saving elevator, cable line installers and electrical technicians also use scissor lifts often to be complete their tasks safely rather than using wobbly ladders. In addition, using a scissor lift makes jobs less dangerous as they have an extremely sturdy construction with a large gated platform and an operator fail-safe feature that returns the platform to the ground safely. The elevated platform is raised by collapsable supports linked inside a criss-cross pattern known as the pantograph.

scissor lift power access

These aerial access machines are extremely practical and effective in light to heavy duty jobs, such as assembly of structures like airplanes and building scaffolding. Scissor lifts can be easily rented from a professional company like PowerAccess as we have a large selection of the latest modern elevated work platforms and conduct all required servicing and training by our qualified technicians.

Used for truck loading heavy materials and goods. Lifting large loads and moving them from point a to point b can be stressful especially when you suffer from back pain and have been advised not to carry heavy items over any significant distance. Renting a scissor lift is the simple solution to make your heavy lifting work easier with no stress on your back or potential for a workplace injury. All you need to do is move the item onto the platform and drive the scissor lift towards your vehicle, van, truck or wherever you need to place the heavy items.

Building Repair and maintenance.  Scissor lift is very useful when you are painting large houses, changing hard to reach outdoor spotlights and even indoors especially when the building is designed with high ceilings. Fixing roofs is a lot easier with quick access and the ability to lift all required materials on the one platform. Scissor lifts are also very useful for work on large buildings that require maintenance work and repair such as hotels, offices, airports and shopping centers. Thie scissor lift machine is really designed to access hard to reach places much more safely than using step ladders. The machines are easy to operate and full training can be provided by the team at PowerAccess.

Trimming Trees using scissor lifts for your gardening needs. Renting a scissor lift is a great start as it makes work in the garden safe, fast and easy. With a mobile aerial platform, you can safely cut branches which are difficult to reach especially when using a step ladder. It is also easier for harvesting fruit trees such as mangos, avocados, oranges, and apples as both of your hands are free to grab the fruit and fill a large basket on the platform which can be offloaded with ease when filled. You can get the job done fast, safe and stress-free when using a scissor lift when compared to using dangerous step ladders that are cumbersome and often lead to accidents. A scissor lift can make you dramatically more productive and significantly reduce the time to get the job done when compared to using old step ladders.