Elevating employees requires the following:
-The forklift must be equipped with a platform not less than 24" x 24" inches in size
a. The platform must be properly secured to the forks or the base of the fork carriage.
b. The platform must be equipped with guardrails, toeboards, and a back guard.
c. It must have no spaces or holes larger than 1 inch.
d. It must have a slip-resistant platform surface.
-The operator must be at the controls while the employees are elevated
-The operator must follow the operating rules as per 3657(j) for elevating employees
-Employees shall not sit, climb, or stand on platform guardrails or use planks, ladders, or other devices to gain elevation. 3657(i)
Note: when guardrails are not possible due to clearance limits/nature of the work, personal fall protection is required.
-Where boom type forklifts are used to elevate employees, personal fall restraint or positioning devices must be used in addition to the above requirements