3 Key Benefits of Using a Boom Lift

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If you’re in the construction or manufacturing industry, you know how important it is to have the right tools and equipment on hand. One of the most valuable pieces of machinery to have around is a boom lift. This powerful piece of equipment can help you safely and quickly access areas that are difficult to reach, allowing you to complete projects faster and more efficiently. That said, here are three key benefits of using a boom lift in getting the job done.


The versatility of the boom lift provides the capacity to reach higher heights, and also to access those hard to reach spaces as well. In many cases the boom lift provides the ability to traverse obstacles like small bodies of water in order to complete your project at hand. 

Whether it is for construction, inspection, maintenance or even construction this aerial lift platform may be powered by hydraulics or diesel engine to provide that required lifting power.

This piece of machinery can be for both in-door and outdoor use, quickly getting the job done without the use of multiple lifts or platform scaffolds. Added to this is the maneuverability and flexibility for the boom lift operator.

The added versatility is that the boom lift replaces the challenge of using a ladder and the associated risks while providing good ground stability. Thanks to its articulating arm, the lift can move up, down, forward, and backward to help you reach those hard-to-access areas. It is the long yet adjustable arm that provides the ability to reach farther in a set direction than many other types of aerial lifts.


aerial lift safety tipsA boom lift is a great investment for any business. Still, one of the most crucial factors when deciding whether or not to purchase, rent or lease one is safety. Boom lifts offer unparalleled safety for those who work in hazardous environments. The combination of the enclosed cab, outriggers, and stabilizers, creates a safe platform for the operator to work from.

Safety is also seen in  features such as:

  • The inclusion of anti-collision technology
  • The incorporation of emergency stop buttons
  • Anti-slip surfaces in the platforms 

These features ensure that the operator is safe while using the machine. Furthermore, boom lifts are designed to be highly stable and provide an optimal level of protection against potential accidents. The boom lift is significantly more secure at higher elevations than with any standard ladder or man lift. There is an increase in stability, an ease in mobility while making the project safe and efficient, whether it is in an elevated or in those hard-to-reach places.

Ease of Operation

articulated boom liftsDue to their ease of operation for many persons, boom lifts are an ideal piece of machinery to get the job done. It is important that all safety instructions and guidelines are followed in order to benefit from a smooth operation. Boom lifts also feature intuitive control systems, making them even easier to use. With just a few buttons, you can adjust the height and reach of the lift, making it easier to get to those hard-to-reach places.

Under OSHA Standards, it is important to have certification completed on how to operate the boom lift safely. As you are about to commence the operation of the boom lift, it is ideal to inspect all vehicle components. This will also include lifting components as well as the work and project area for safety. The fluid levels should be checked and key safety systems functionality are important.

To also ensure smooth functionality, an inspection of the work-zone is important. This could include:

  • Identifying surface stability or instability
  • Holes and Drop-Offs
  • Any overhead obstructions (low or sloping ceilings or power lines)
  • Being aware of overhead hazards
  • Ground debris
  • Weather conditions – such as wet, windy or icy conditions

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straight boom liftBoom lifts are a valuable tool that can be used across a variety of different industries and applications. From doing work on a ceiling to painting, mounting art and lighting work, to elevated external work, the boom lift works ideal to get the job done. They are incredibly versatile, easy to use, and provide a high level of safety. With their ability to reach heights that traditional ladders and scaffolds cannot, they make working at heights much easier and safer. With all of these advantages, it is easy to see why using a boom lift benefits any project. Investing in one of these machines is worthwhile for any job site or business.