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Workers who use bucket trucks to do their jobs need to be aware of the possible dangers of electrocution. Electrical linemen need to be highly trained and knowledgeable, both with regard to the functioning of their bucket trucks and aerial devices and the potential hazards of their jobs, so that they can protect themselves and use their equipment in the safest possible way.

The Importance of Insulation

It’s extremely dangerous to take aerial devices that are not insulated close to energized wires or cables. The aerial devices that electrical linemen use to carry out their job duties must be insulated, and the insulation on the components must be well-maintained. It would result in a fatal injury if a worker comes in contact with an energized wire or cable while standing in an aerial device that’s either non-insulated or poorly insulated. His body could serve as a pathway to ground.

Fiberglass Platform

The fiberglass platform, or the bucket on the aerial device should have an insulated liner that’s in good shape in order to provide protection for the lower part of a worker’s body. But an insulated liner in the bucket can’t protect the upper parts of a worker’s body, should his arms or hands come in contact with conductors and grounded parts of the equipment. People who are working in the bucket must never touch grounded wires, cables, or components, since severe electrocution would be the result.

The Boom Arm

As long as the aerial device’s fiberglass boom arm is in good shape and is also clean and dry, it should serve as protection against grounding, but it needs to measure at least 40 inches from the tip to the base when it’s extended. Workers in the aerial device are not protected against grounding should they make bodily contact with an energized wire or cable or other grounded equipment. If the metal on the boom arm comes in contact with an energized wire or cable, it will energize the whole truck, rendering it extremely dangerous to all people who are near and could come in contact with it.

Hydraulic Fluid

The hydraulic fluid that’s used to power the boom arm must be free of contaminants, since water, brake fluid, and other contaminants are capable of conducting electricity. Hydraulic fluid that’s used in boom arms needs to be regularly tested to make sure it’s safe for use.

Insulated components on aerial devices provide a certain amount of protection from the hazards of an electrical lineman’s job. It is crucial that electrical linemen be familiar with all the possible hazards of their job and of the equipment so that they can maximize the benefits of insulated equipment and perform their duties as safely as possible.

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Choosing a Bucket Truck Dealer

Posted: April 25, 2014 in Truck Sales

Bucket trucks are major investments. Primarily because acquiring one isn’t cheap, and should require stringent financial planning. Before picking out one for your business, it is important to take note of several key factors.

Established dealer – Before choosing, do your research. It is recommended to pick a dealer that is already known for handling top-quality product and providing excellent customer support.

Market size – The expanse of their sales market tells a lot about how their bucket trucks are well-received around multiple industries. The larger their market network, the better it is in terms of their overall image.

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Purchasing a digger derrick for your utility and construction business is much like purchasing any other vehicle. You have to consider the size, capacity, and brand, to name a few, to make the most of it in your business. The question now you have to ask is whether a second-hand digger derrick would give you as good a value for cost as a brand new one, which is more expensive.

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They may be one of the most useful vehicles around, but bucket trucks can become a bad investment if you don’t pick them properly, either through purchasing or renting. Here are some tips that can help you find the right truck for your needs.

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Ever since the 19th century, trucks have been considered as one of the most important workhorses of modern man. They fill a variety of roles, ranging from heavy-duty construction to long-distance transportation. In many cases, many of the needed equipment for the job are loaded or built onto the trucks. The addition of a hydraulic arm or crane system allowed even more uses for trucks, particularly in reaching higher places that would otherwise have been difficult to access.

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Several industries like electricity, telecommunications, construction and forestry depend on elevated work platforms often attached to stand-alone trailers or onto trucks. They look like cranes, with several jointed sections controlled so operators can extend the lift in different directions. From its humble beginnings, how are these aerial trucks changing the industry in their own way?

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Manual labor industries like building construction and mining utilize specialized trucks and other equipment. To keep up with the business requirements and updates in standards, regular maintenance and replacement may come at significant costs. When purchasing used boom or bucket trucks, such as digger derricks, there are conditions you’d be wiser to steer clear of. (more…)