UP RIGHT – “A Resource For Aerial Lift Safety”

This website was created in the aftermath of the tragic accident that took the life of University of Notre Dame student videographer Declan Sullivan in October 2010. Its aim is to help high schools, colleges and university administrators understand key considerations for aerial lift safety.

It is not meant to be used as a form of training for aerial lift usage. The best source of information on how to operate an aerial lift is always the model’s owner manual. That manual, coupled with ANSI standards, must be consulted before operating any lift.

A resource for universities, colleges and high schools.

Does your institution use aerial lifts to tape or photograph sporting events or band competitions? If so, this website is for you.

UP RIGHT! is a program developed to raise awareness of aerial, scissor and boom lift safety, and to provide schools that use lifts a better understanding of the hazards when videotaping or photographing activities like sporting events, band competitions and practices, with resources and materials to help prevent lift accidents. Each year, nearly 30 people die in aerial lift accidents, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. The goal of this program is to help ensure that when someone goes up in an aerial lift…they go UP RIGHT!

We invite you to explore the resources on this site as you consider the many safety issues involved in operating an aerial lift.

Supporters of this campaign include:

Special thanks to David Merrifield, Principal of Merrifield Safety Consultants and a lift-safety training expert, who was consulted in development of website content. Merrifield is a Certified Safety Consultant and approved Aerial Lift Instructor by the International Powered Access Federation. He is the Chairman of ANSI’s committee for aerial work platforms and peer reviewer for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”) study of scissor lift tip-overs. Merrifield also serves on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the International Standards Organization (“ISO”), the international organization that produces safety and training standards for aerial lifts.

Web Site : http://www.liftupright.org/

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