5 Ways Keep Your Aerial Equipment Safe From Robbers


Aerial lifts, platforms, and the like are expensive pieces of machinery, which often seem appealing to criminals. Since this equipment stays on work sites overnight, it’s highly important to think about protection.

Whether you own the height-access equipment or rent it, it’s your responsibility to keep it safe while in use. Even if you have a large project, it’s possible to take advantage of simple security measures to ensure aerial equipment safety.

  1. Make A List And Check It Twice

If you just have one machine working at the site, you don’t have to worry about losing track of it. However, sizeable projects often require dozens of aerial equipment pieces installed at different locations.

Make a list of all the machines working at your site and keep a record of incoming and outgoing equipment. Pay special attention to the parts, which are easy to remove.

Check the list on a regular basis. Make sure the operators inspect each machine before use. Removing essential parts can endanger all workers at the site.

  1. Install Cameras

Installing cameras can ward the robbers off your site. Make sure some cameras are visible and use “camera protected” signs.  Together with the cameras, you can opt for motion sensors that trigger alerts, emergency lights, and an alarm system.

A large “no trespassing” sign is another way to keep unwanted people away from the territory. Fence the location if possible.

  1. Secure The Equipment

While you are taking safety measures on the location site, think of securing the machines as well. While installing an alarm on each piece of equipment is not always possible, a simple lock and key system can keep your machines safe.

When you are renting the equipment, make sure to talk to the company about security options available for it.

  1. Mark Your Machines

If you mark your machines with stickers, it could be helpful for the recovery efforts in case the equipment is stolen. Use hard-to-remove makings, which make the machines easy to identify. All expensive tools should be marked in the same manner.

  1. Hire A Guard

A person guarding the territory is often more helpful that numerous security technologies. A professional guard can keep the territory safe at all times, prevent break-ins or call for assistance when necessary.



The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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