AEM Releases Updated Digger Derrick Safety Manual

The updated manual has new and expanded content on safe equipment operation, start-up, shutdown, and maintenance precautions.

The Milwaukee-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers has updated its Digger Derrick Safety Manual by adding new and expanded content on safe equipment operation, start-up, shutdown, and maintenance precautions.

The manual features key terms for calculating load capacities when using a digger derrick for lifting operations. Information is included in it on lifting, pole setting, digging operations, as well as personnel platform safety. Updated safety symbols and pictograms and a cleaner format enhance the safety messages, according to AEM.

AEM's safety manuals are industry consensus documents "written in a clear and concise, well-illustrated and easy-to-understand format to supplement but not replace manufacturer manuals," its announcement state. AEM manufacturer members working through the association's Manufacturers of Aerial Devices and Digger Derricks Council Engineering Committee provided content development and review.

All AEM safety manuals, videos, and related safety and training products are available through the AEM Store (

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