Ideal for providing temporary vertical elevation, scissor lifts provide a safe and flexible alternative to scaffolding and ladders. Used extensively within the construction industry, scissor lifts are also useful in public works, cleaning and events.
There are many benefits that come from utilising a scissor lift, including greater accessibility, large platforms which enable more tools and workers, increased safety, time efficient, flexibility and their overall affordability. Additionally, there is the option for both an electric and 4WD rough terrain scissor lift thereby ensuring you have an appropriate piece of equipment to get the job done right.
Though scissor lifts can provide immeasurable value to your business, they can also prove quite hazardous if they are not used with care. Between 2010 and 2011, 7730 claims for serious injury due to a fall from height were made. It is therefore of the utmost importance that scissor lifts are used safely and by a trained operator to minimise this risk of serious injury. If you’re thinking about hiring a scissor lift for your site, we have compiled a list of basic tips to keep you, and your employees, safe.
- Read The Instructions
Though this might seem basic and should go without saying, this is a fundamental step to access hire safety. Auslift supplies safety instructions with each piece of equipment they hire and should be following rigorously by the operator. Further to this, operators should adhere to the specifications of each piece of equipment. Do not overload or exceed its limitations.
- Operator and Equipment
Safely operating a scissor lift relies heavily on both the operator and the piece of equipment itself. First and foremost, ensure that you thoroughly inspect the lift before use and do not proceed if there are any faults discovered. Secondly, ensure the operator is fully trained in using the scissor lift. Adequate knowledge about this equipment is fundamental to maintaining safety.
- Safety Gear
Safety gear is a great way to minimise harm. A harness, hard hat, or any other safety gear you have on hand can either minimise, or completely prevent, a potentially hazardous situation.
- Working Conditions
Some pretty standard rules apply when it comes to the types of working conditions a scissor lift can be safely operated in. Avoid uneven surfaces, poor weather condition including harsh winds and setup in locations that are free from powerlines, branches or other overhead hazards.
Ultimately, it is necessary to be smart and follow regulations when operating a scissor lift. It is a serious piece of equipment that requires comprehensive training and supervision so that it is able to be operated properly.