Aerial Lift Malfunction Causes Near Miss
Two contract workers were in the process of repairing a potable water line in a pipe arbor approximately 25 feet off of the ground. After the two workers had raised their aerial lift basekt to the desired height, they started to extend the aerial lift basket towards the pipe arbor. As the workers started to extend the basket, they felt a sudden jerk. When the two workers felt the jerk, they looked down towards the lift and noticed a hydraulic hose was extremely tight and rubbing significantly against the metal where the hydraulic hoses exit the upper boom section of the aerial lift. After noticing what was causing the jerking motion, and realizing the potential severity of the situation, the employees immediately lowered themselves to the ground and notified their supervisor.