Tips For Operating Scissor Lifts Safely

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When it comes to reaching high places on a construction site, scissor and aerial lifts are the first choice for doing so. Contractors in several fields of construction employ lifts for a variety of tasks, each one posing safety issues every worker needs to be aware of. Ensuring your employees know how to safely use a lift on your jobs is a priority you should consider number one in safety meetings and courses:

Common Accidents Associated With Lifts

Operating a lift on an uneven surface has been the cause of many serious accidents. Reaching high places in areas that have bumpy, uneven ground surfaces is possible using a lift only after surfaces have been prepared for doing so. Neglecting the steps necessary for bracing a lift before raising it on an uneven surface is another reason accidents related to tipping take place.

Some other reasons accidents occur while using a lift include:

  • Untrained workers being left to use one can be dangerous. In a situation requiring fast thinking and actions, a worker with proper safety training would be able to avoid serious injury. In most cases, trained workers can use a lift without placing it a compromising position that would lead to an accident in the first place.
  • Operating a lift outdoors in inclement weather can be unsafe. During rain or snow, visibility can be low.
  • Using a lift experiencing mechanical or structural problems can cause accidents. Maintaining a regular schedule for mechanical and structural issues can help reduce these kinds of accidents.
  • Using a boom for materials too heavy for it can cause tipping and mechanical problems. Always following manufacturer recommendations for loads is vital to avoid load related accidents.

The Right Lift For The Job

Making the right choices for a lift in accordance with the type of needs you have for it is another way you can prevent lift related accidents. Assessing the needs you have for a lift can help you make the right choices. Consider the height you need to reach and whether or not you will be using the machine inside or outside. Doing so will allow you to choose the lift safest and most effective for the task you need its services for. You might also consider whether a boom, mast or scissor lift is best. Ask yourself these questions when considering the lift you need for your construction site:

  • Consider the available power sources at your site. Many lifts are run using electricity.
  • Think about the number of tasks you need a lift for and if the one you are considering is able to fulfill these needs.

The choices you should consider are important if you are renting or purchasing a lift. By having the lift best for the job, fewer accidents are likely to happen with trained operators using it.

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