Aerial Lifts in Idaho

Aerial lifts provide support to key industries across Idaho

Aerial lifts stay busy in Idaho, playing a role in keeping the lights and heat on, the data flowing smoothly, and the traffic moving safely. Idaho is not a densely populated state – it covers more than 82,000 square miles and has a population of approximately 1.6 million people. The state is heavily forested, though only 810,000 acres are designated state forests. Most of the telecommunications and electric utility infrastructure in Idaho is built above ground, which is why aerial lifts are so crucial to keeping the state’s homes and businesses connected and warm. Beyond managing and maintaining electric power infrastructure in Idaho, aerial lifts are used to support several important industries, including telecommunications, visual communications, bridge inspection, forestry and municipal operations.

Distributors for Idaho

Electric Power and Utility Industry in Idaho

Aerial lifts that support electric utility infrastructure are built by Versalift to operate safely and efficiently in any altitude and climate. Idaho’s population, while mostly concentrated in and around Boise, is fairly spread out, requiring electric utility organizations to stay ready to mobilize. 82% of Idaho’s energy generation comes from renewable resources, the majority of which is derived through hydroelectric means. 67% of all energy consumed in Idaho is generated in-state. Idaho is generating and consuming the largest amount of renewable energy in the western United States, second only to Vermont.

Aerial Lifts and Idaho Utility Organizations

Aerial lifts support the work of all of the electric utility providers in Idaho. While organizations such as Avista and Pacificorp cater to the urban and suburban families and businesses in Idaho, Rural Electric Cooperatives, such as the Kootenai Electric Co-op and the Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative, support electric power distribution infrastructure in rural areas of the state.

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Aerial Lifts for Telecommunications Construction & Maintenance in Idaho

Aerial lifts are used by telecommunications fleets in Idaho to provide service to home and business customers. Vehicle-mounted aerial lifts are often favored by cable TV providers when they are mounted onto sprinter vans. The combination of a large working envelope and plenty of enclosed storage for equipment, merchandise and tools is ideal for telecommunications field work. Versalift van-mounted aerial lifts support telecommunications fleets with the lightest weight and greatest payload capacity equipment in its peer group. There are several competing providers of internet access and cable TV in Idaho. Interestingly, there is room in the market for more. This is because there are more than a quarter of a million people in Idaho who only have access to one wired provider, leaving them no options.

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Idaho is a beautiful state situated in the northern Rocky Mountains. Idaho is known for its natural splendor, and has some of the finest skiing available in North America. Popular national parks in the state include Sawtooth National Forest, Coeur D’alene National Forest and Saint Joe National Forest. With a population of more than 1.6 million people, Idaho has always been an agricultural and mining state, with significant crops of potatoes, wheat, corn and sugar beets. Mining and lumber are major industries in the state. Winter sports and river rafting tend to drive most tourism there. The majority of Idaho’s population lives in the Boise metropolitan statistical area. Boise is the state capital of Idaho, and the hub of a booming technology industry.

Nampa is the third largest city in Idaho and is located near the southwestern corner of the state.

Meridian is currently estimated to be the second largest city in Idaho, as it is one of the fastest growing communities in the United States.

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

Idaho Aerial Lift Safety

Idaho Aerial Lift Safety is strictly enforced. OSHA guidelines are established through recommendations from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI recommendations are voluntary, but OSHA has codified many of the recommendations as law. Recent changes to ANSI recommendations have emphasized how necessary it is to perform regular inspections of all aerial equipment, and how crucial it is to provide clearly written safety warnings.

Aerial Lifts and their Applications for Forestry in Idaho

Aerial lifts and other hydraulic equipment are used across Idaho for forestry, vegetation management, logging and tree care work. Since its founding, Idaho has had a timber industry. Thousands of Idahoans work for timber companies, and hundreds more trained professionals work for national and state forests. Interestingly, a portion of timber harvesting sales goes to endowment trusts each year to benefit the future management of forest lands. In 1974, the Idaho Forest Practices Act was created to promote active forest management in order to preserve the health of forest soil and vegetation, among other forestry related operations. The Idaho Department of Lands has 16 offices throughout the state and manage 2.4 million acres of endowment trust land.

Aerial lifts for Bridge Inspection in Idaho

Aerial lifts for bridge inspection in Idaho are used by engineers and bridge inspection consultancies on behalf of the Idaho Department of Transportation. Every American state must submit a biannual report on the state of its bridges with the US Federal Department of Transportation. Idaho has more than 4,200 bridges in its registry, and many of them have historic value. For example, Sandpoint Long Bridge, which was built in 1908 in Northern Idaho, was once the longest wooden bridge in the world. Now, the two mile bridge has been reconstructed with concrete and steel. Aspen Aerials designs and innovates market leading bridge inspection equipment for customers around North America and across the world. Discover Aspen Aerials bridge inspection equipment at