Aerial lifts in Rhode Island

Versalift Aerial Lifts Support Key Industries in Rhode Island

Aerial lifts are important to Rhode Island’s businesses and families for many reasons, such as ensuring that people have access to information and electric power. Because vehicle-mounted aerial lifts are essential equipment for servicing overhead electrical lines and telecommunications cable, they are commonly found along the east coast of the United States, where millions of Americans live in relative density. Electric power distribution networks are most commonly built above ground, and are a loose collection of legacy systems which have been built and upgraded over the past century. Rhode Island is one of the original colonies, and so it has some of the oldest utility infrastructure in the United States. Aerial lifts are used for forestry and land management purposes and for signage, roadway lighting and traffic signal maintenance across the state.

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Electric Power and Utility Industry in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, natural gas fuels 92% of the state’s net electricity generation. With the second lowest carbon dioxide emissions among all states, Rhode Island has led the country in offshore wind farming. The first US offshore wind farm began providing power to Block Island in 2017, featuring five megawatt turbines connected to the state grid of Rhode Island. Aerial lifts support electric utility fleets in Rhode Island, whether they are municipal utilities, private utility companies or member-owned cooperatives. Versalift aerial lifts for electric utility feature TruGuard®, the world’s most advanced bucket truck safety system.

Below is a short list of some organizations that provide electric power to consumers in Rhode Island:

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Telecommunications Construction & Maintenance in Rhode Island

Aerial lifts stay active in Rhode Island, working to maintain and manage overhead data cables. Residents of the state have plenty of choice of broadband data and Cable TV providers, with several high-quality options available to most consumers in Rhode Island. As the third most connected state in the nation, there are 45 internet providers, and only 2% of people in Rhode Island have limited access to broadband internet. Vehicle mounted aerial lifts that are purposed for the telecommunications and cable TV industries are used in many ways. They must be able to securely store merchandise, tools and equipment, all while safely conveying technicians to their elevated workplace. Versalift van-mounted aerial lifts deliver the lightest weight vehicles with the greatest payload in their peer group, while providing a 29’ working height to ensure that technicians can reach their work.

Below is a short list of some of the larger telecommunications providers in Rhode Island: 

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Aerial Lifts and their applications for Forestry in Rhode Island

Aerial lifts that are purposed to support forestry and logging in Rhode Island vary widely in how they are used, and where they are deployed. Sixty percent of Rhode Island is forested, and that the majority of the state’s forests are owned privately. With that said, the Rhode Island Department of Management’s (DEM) Division of Forest Environment oversees 30 parks, which welcome more than six million visitors annually. Logging, paper and forest products generate $1 billion and 5,000 jobs per year in Rhode Island. Private land, public spaces, urban forests and suburban parks require the occasional use of vehicle-mounted aerial lifts. Tasks include removing and maintaining trees, various treatments to protect from invasive species and fire mitigation. Telecommunications and electric power distribution companies also regularly use vehicle-mounted aerial lifts for vegetation management applications. 

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Aerial lifts for Bridge Inspection in Rhode Island

Aerial lifts for bridge inspection are extremely important in Rhode Island, where there is a lower population, but high population density. One in five highway bridges in the state have one deficient element, and are scheduled for repair. Rhode Island is responsible for inspecting each of its bridges every other year. States commonly outsource this task to bridge engineers and contractors licensed for bridge inspection in Rhode Island. The State’s Rhodeworks Program is an ongoing bridge repair program. The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge is the tallest bridge in Rhode Island. The longest span of the suspension bridge is 1,600 feet and it reaches 400 feet at its highest point.

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Rhode Island General Information

With a Population of greater than a million, Rhode Island is the smallest state by landmass in the United States. With 400 miles of craggy  Atlantic coastline and hilly countryside, Rhode Island is a beautiful area of New England. The state’s capital is Providence, which is not only the seat of administrative power for the state, but also the Home of Brown University and Providence College, two top institutions of higher learning. Newport is home to a US Naval base, and is famous for its concentration of large and beautiful colonial homes. Tourist attractions include Newport, which attracts millions every summer, Waterfire Providence and the Narragansett Bay Beaches, which are hugely popular summer spots. Forest state parks in Rhode Island include Willow Woods National Forest and Wolf Hill Forest Preserve. One interesting Rhode Island trend is that businesses have been investing in tech and alternative energy. In the state, the unemployment rate is well below the national average, and the median age is quite young, at 52.

Notes on Aerial Lift Safety from the United States Department of Labor

Rhode Island Aerial Lift Safety

Rhode Island Aerial Lift Safety is highly visible due to population density and the number of roads in the state. All safety codes are strictly enforced throughout the state, and are written to be in alignment with the United States Department of Labor’s OSHA regulations on Aerial Lift Safety.

You can find the OSHA Aerial lift factsheet here.