Aerial Lifts in Alabama
Versalift Aerial Lifts Support Key Industries in Alabama
Aerial lifts play a central role in the operation and management of utility and telecommunications overhead plant in Alabama. But those are not the only industries in Alabama that require the use of aerial lifts. Forestry and land management are common applications for aerial lifts, where operators require safety and operational training above and beyond their expertise in vegetation management, tree care and other forestry applications. Further, light and signage that is managed by the Alabama Department of Transportation (https://www.dot.state.al.us) requires the use of vehicle-mounted aerial lifts to maintain safe roadways and bridges.
Energy and Electric Power Industry in Alabama
Alabama is a national leader in electric power production, with the nation’s second largest nuclear power generation facility at Brown’s Ferry. Additionally, energy production from biomass and from offshore natural gas collection are on the rise, leading to diverse sources of electric power for Alabama homes and businesses. As a net energy exporter, Alabama exports electric power to its neighbors in the Southeastern United States. Renewable energy from wind, solar and hydroelectric projects is gaining ground in Alabama. 9% of all produced energy in the state comes from renewable sources.
Alabama Utility Companies
Aerial lifts are important to Alabama’s electric utility companies. The maintenance and construction of electric utility infrastructure is an ongoing job that requires skilled linemen to access overhead cable in insulated aerial lifts. Because these linemen work in hazardous conditions, their safety must be protected at all costs. As a result, Alabama linemen should have access to the safest and most reliable aerial lifts available on the market. Aerial lifts are used by a number of Alabama electric utility companies, including:
- Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
- Alabama Power, a part of the Southern Company
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Wiregrass Electric Cooperative
Telecommunications Construction & Maintenance in Alabama
Cable television, telephone and high-speed internet rely predominantly upon data cable. This cable typically runs overhead, and is strung on poles, either ten feet below electric power distribution cable, or it is strung on entirely separate poles. Alabama’s market for telecommunications services, like high speed internet, cable television and telephone, is very competitive. The role of vehicle-mounted aerial lifts in supporting Alabama’s vast network of overhead telecommunications cable is mostly in maintaining the network and replacing parts when they fail or need to be upgraded.
Alabama Telecommunications and CATV companies
Aerial lifts are in continual heavy use by telecommunications and cable television servicers in Alabama. There are two regional cable television providers that operate in Alabama: AT&T and CenturyLink. Other telecommunications providers within the state include C Spire, Birch, Windstream, Fairpoint, Frontier Communications, Time Warner Cable, Charter, Bright House Networks, TDS Telecom, Matrix, Cytranet, and Comtech21. Aerial lifts are used by these servicers to maintain overhead plant and to construct new networks of telecommunications cable. Van-mounted aerial lifts provide technicians with the maneuverability, equipment storage and vertical reach they need in order to stay out on the road and to support customers with service issues.View Lifts
With a population of approximately five million people, Alabama is transitioning away from being a rural state, and is increasingly oriented toward manufacturing, professional services and healthcare. The state has three major urban areas that enjoy strong manufacturing and service economies. The state is a leading producer of grain, poultry, soybeans, coal, iron, steel, rubber, chemicals, textiles, apparel and automobiles. With a very strong industrial sector, Alabama does have higher than average per capita energy consumption,
Montgomery is the Capital city of Alabama, and has the second largest population in the state. Located on the Alabama River, Montgomery is home to Maxwell Air Force Base, five universities and several high-tech manufacturing facilities. Additionally, Montgomery boasts a vibrant art scene, including an annual Shakespeare festival and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The city has a rich network of parks, covering more than 1,600 acres and featuring two dozen community centers and nearly 200 sports fields and playgrounds.
Birmingham is located in north-central Alabama and is the most populous city in the state with approximately 1.5 million people living in the city’s metro statistical area (MSA). Named after the industrial city in England, Birmingham’s history is rooted in industry. Often referred to as the “Pittsburgh of the South,” Birmingham built its wealth on steel and iron, as well as manufacturing for the railroad industry. In Birmingham, there are several important historical landmarks to the American civil rights movement. Birmingham is home to the oldest baseball field in the country, Rickwood Field, which was built in 1910, the nationally recognized Birmingham Zoo and one of the most advanced medical research centers in the country.
Mobile is situated in the southwestern corner of Alabama and is the major port in the state. Mobile has a very busy international seaport, which is, among other roles, a major hub for the inflow and outflow of coal for the southeastern United States. Shipbuilding, manufacturing and transportation are industries that have continued to thrive in Mobile, along with medicine, professional services and aerospace. Mobile also has a rich cultural history, with French and Spanish colonial heritage that dates back to the early eighteenth century.
Notes on Aerial Lift Safety from the United States Department of Labor
Alabama Aerial Lift Safety
Alabama Aerial Lift Safety is both required and enforced by the state. Safety is a fundamentally important issue that must be taken seriously, especially in environments that are either very high up, electrified, or hazardous in other ways. In Alabama, companies that use aerial lifts in their operations must follow the United States federal guidelines for aerial lift safety. Those safety guidelines are found at the OSHA office at the US Department of Labor.
Bucket Trucks and their applications for Forestry in Alabama
Forestry bucket trucks that are built by Versalift for customers in Alabama are equipped to withstand the tough conditions and heavy workload that forestry applications always require. Alabama has 23 million acres of timberland, which is managed and farmed by mostly private organizations. With 94% of all timberland in the state being privately held, forestry bucket trucks are being used to support the paper, lumber and construction materials industries. Nearly 42,000 people in Alabama are employed in the forestry industry, which generates more than two billion dollars in annual wages. The forestry and timber industries generate more than $16 billion in annual domestic product shipments, and another $1.5 billion in exports. Browse bucket trucks for forestry, tree care and other vegetation management applications at https://southeast.versalift.com/tree-care-bucket-trucks.
Aerial lifts used in maintenance of telecommunications and cable television infrastructure in Alabama
Telecommunications applications for aerial lifts are numerous in Alabama. The cable television industry employs more than 2,800 people across Alabama, creating a total economic impact of more than $3.6 billion in direct and indirect jobs. Especially in Alabama, where economic drivers are shifting away from manufacturing and toward services, cable TV is powering business with broadband access to the internet. Vehicle-mounted aerial lifts are used to maintain and improve existing telecommunications and cable tv aerial plant. The majority of the service vehicles used to maintain overhead telecommunications plant are smaller, van-mounted units. These units provide equipment storage that is safe, dry and secure, while enabling technicians to access equipment and material. Browse aerial lifts for telecommunications at https://southeast.versalift.com/telecommunications-bucket-trucks.
Aerial lifts used in maintenance of electric power infrastructure in Alabama
Insulated aerial lifts are used by every electric utility maintenance fleet and contractor in Alabama. Alabama Power Company is the dominant Investor Owned Utility in the state. The Southern Company operates in Birmingham. Electric Cooperatives exist throughout Alabama, providing some choice to businesses and families throughout the state. More than 10,000 people in Alabama are employed by investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives and electrical contractor organizations. Insulated aerial lifts are used by linemen to service more than two million poles and towers that support the more than 100,000 miles of line that crisscross the state. These insulated aerial lifts must be built to protect the linemen who operate them, and give them every advantage in potentially hazardous situations. Browse insulated aerial lifts for electric utility at https://southeast.versalift.com/electric-utility-bucket-trucks.
Aerial lifts for Bridge Inspection in Alabama
Bridge inspection equipment in Alabama is used on an ongoing basis by the Alabama Department of Transportation. While ALDOT does not inspect all of the bridges in Alabama, it is required to make sure that every public bridge is inspected at least once every two years. Engineering firms and bridge inspection companies will often use aerial lifts and other bridge inspection equipment to do their important work. This work is outsourced because bridges often fall under the purview of townships, county highway agencies, parks or other smaller entities that don’t own their own equipment. As is the case anywhere in the United States, bridge inspection in Alabama is a crucial aspect of protecting public safety. It is important that bridge inspection teams have the best bridge inspection equipment to do their jobs. Browse industry-leading bridge inspection equipment at https://aspenaerials.com