Aerial lifts are wonderful tools. But unlike escalators when they break down or otherwise malfunction, they do not turn into steps. Sorry for the inconvenience!
The Bucket Evacuation Kit by Sterling Rope is made for such sad circumstances. Even well-maintained buckets have bad days. Should the need arise—and it is safe and smart to do so—an aerial-lift operator can deploy the 75 feet of TVAC Technora cordage. Secure it to a life-support attachment point, on the lift and the operator’s harness, then rappel with the F3 descent control device. The F3 is the little brother to the famous F4 device. The double-action lever has a “panic grab” feature and allows a hands-free exit of the bucket. No muss, no fuss … just getting off the broken bus.
Plan for the best, keep your aerial-lift maintenance and operating protocol safe and up to date, but prepare for the unexpected. Put a Sterling Evacuation Kit in every lift.