Aerial lift fall injuries: a surveillance and evaluation approach for targeting prevention activities

J Safety Res. 2007;38(6):617-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2007.08.002. Epub 2007 Nov 13.


Problem: Work on aerial lift platforms exposes workers to fall hazards. The objective of this study was to identify the most common injury scenarios and determine current research gaps for addressing fall incidents associated with aerial lifts.

Methods: Three databases were searched: Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) reports, and OSHA Incident Investigation Records.

Results: The majority of falls/collapses/tipovers were within the height-category of 10-29 feet. Tipovers comprised 44-46% of boom-lift falls and 56-59% of scissor-lift falls. Constructing and repairing activities were most commonly associated with fall/collapse/tipover incidents.

Discussion: CFOI and OSHA/FACE show convergent data, suggesting similar scenarios for aerial lift tipovers.

Impact on industry: The analysis provides the aerial lift industry information to prioritize their efforts on aerial lift design.

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / mortality*
  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Occupational / mortality*
  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data
  • Adult
  • Databases, Factual
  • Humans
  • Industry / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Population Surveillance
  • United States / epidemiology
  • United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Workplace / statistics & numerical data*