Aerial Boom & Scissor Lift Pre-Shift Inspections with Free Training Course

The aerial lift is a piece of complex machinery and requires regular inspections to ensure safety for your operators. Not to mention – ANSI and your manufacturer recommend it.

The ANSI/SIA 92.6-1999 standards state that regular inspections need to be performed frequently, as well as annually. So how often is frequently? and what is involved in an inspection?

Let's break down when your aerial lift should be inspected, clarify the inspection itself, and give you some pointers.


The term routine might be a little unclear. According to Genielift, inspections are performed if:

  • The aerial lift has been purchased used.
  • It's been in service for three months or 150 hours, whichever comes first.
  • The equipment has been out of service for longer than three months.

Only a qualified mechanic or technician can perform the inspection.


Aerial lift inspections must be performed within 13 months from the date of the last annual inspection. The most recent date of inspection should be posted on the aerial lift.

Similar to a frequent inspection, only a qualified mechanic or technician can perform the inspection.

The manufacturer specifies the areas of inspection, so they'll vary. Generally, the technician will test and inspect multiple machine functions. These can include:

  • All controls for speed, smoothness, and motion limits
  • Lower level controls, such as the upper control overrides
  • Check the lifting operations for adjustments, wearing, and damage
  • All emergency and safety control points
  • Lubrication of moving parts and inspect filter elements, hydraulic oil, engine oil, coolant.
  • Visual checks of the structural and critical components such as fasteners, pins, shafts and locking devices
  • Inspect the placards, warnings and control markings
  • And anything else specified by the manufacturer that is specific to your use.

If any problems have been identified, your Aerial Lift cannot be put into service until corrected.


If your ceiling isn't high enough to accommodate the height of your aerial lift, you will need to perform the inspection outside to reach full height. With increased risk from the winter months, it's recommended to get your aerial lift inspection completed in late spring, summer, or early fall, so check your records and schedule an inspection with your aerial lift dealer.

Take our free training course here to find out more about;

  • The importance of pre-operational inspections
  • Walk-around inspection requirements
  • Ground and platform control function tests

Completion of this free training course does not establish full certification for mobile equipment operations, but it's a great start to get you going.


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