When it comes to picking tree fruit, powered "orchard lifts" are popular as alternatives to orchard ladders—mainly because such lifts can increase productivity. Many orchards have used these boom-supported, self-elevating work platforms for years. However, the agricultural workers who operate them—especially those using them for the first time—may not be aware of the risks involved. These risks include the potential for operators to inadvertently activate the wrong control and the even greater risk for lifts to tip on sloped or soft ground.

Among other requirements, orchard lift operators must demonstrate operating competency to a qualified supervisor or instructor. Parts 13 and 28 of WorkSafeBC's Occupational Health and Safety Regulation set out the requirements for elevating work platforms, including orchard lifts.

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