Me and one of my guys were in a 60’ boom lift and got hit by a school bus!
[U][B]Let me start by saying this; if it wasn’t for WCR over the past 2 years my guy and I would probably be in a hospital right now.[/B][/U] (reason; because of all the threads about boom lift safety after Carl finds the tragedies and reports them)
We won a bid for a nice gutter cleaning job and since it was gonna have to be boomed, and couldn’t use the sidewalks (rated under 5000 pounds) I coned off a lane and a half, and caution taped it. Plus, I had a girl running traffic control, AND a spotter for the lift.
Everyone had radios.
So I am operating the lift around from the busy street side to the side street and because of a dip in the road I get a tilt warning and the controls go next to dead.
Traffic is getting backed up because now I am in the middle of the road and there is only half a lane open, people are getting ****ed and just blasting by disregarding my people (just a couple).
Next comes a school bus- you would think he of all people would be the most cautious given his load, but nope he trys to inch by while I am looking the other way.
Suddenly me and my guys’ radios start squakin’ and I stop and look behind me and there it is, the yellow submarine and he cuts his corner to close about half way out of his turn and clips our basket! I was hitting the horn and yelling at this clown pretty loud, other passerby were yelling at him and honking at him too.
If I did not have a spotter and traffic control, it would have been a very bad thing. Many people could have gotton hurt. The bus was empty, but what if it wasn’t?!
[B]The messed up part is, the driver pulled over, got out, and told me that I should be more careful!!![/B]
Really? “You know what creep, you should have waited like we asked, or take another road stupid.” After he responded thats when I found out there were no kids inside.
Those of you who are just starting out getting into using a boom lift, PLEASE read this little story as a lesson. Always, always [U][B]ALWAYS[/B][/U] have someone to direct traffic EVEN IF THEY IGNORE YOU, and they will. Make sure you always have a spotter for your lift on the ground whenever it is being operated. [B][U]Don’t think that you will be saving money by not doing this.[/U][/B]
Don’t make headlines in your town. Be safe.