Lifting equipment can be very useful and at the same time can be very dangerous if proper caution is not taken during operations, so here are some common safety tips for scissor lift equipment.
There are a wide variety of lifting equipment available for almost any kind of lifting activity, especially those that can only be used to lift personnel, but also lifting heavy material particularly at job sites.
One of the most common and useful of these lifting equipment is called the scissor lift, which comes in a variety of forms and functions, whether portable or heavy duty.
Regardless of the size and functionality, each scissor lift equipment is made of heavy duty tempered steel, for which extra care and caution should be taken by the user or users to prevent injury or accidents.
Here are key safety tips for scissor lifts operators should be aware of.
One, scissor lifts may be made of steel and designed to lift heavy loads, but one also has to be aware not to force any scissor lift equipment to exceed their maximum specified load capacity.
Two, for portable scissor lifts it is always important to make use of the chocks stoppers that are designed together with the equipment’s wheels, especially when loading or unloading it from carriers. Never use scissor lifts on a slope and risk the equipment slipping and causing a major accident.
Three, always make sure to use the equipment on a solid and flat even surface to ensure the equipment’s stability. Surface footing should ideally be on a concrete floor or hard-surfaced ground, instead of letting it stand on grass or soft ground.
Four, always take note of using scissor lift equipment during adverse weather conditions like rain, frost or snow. Most, if not all, scissor lift equipment is hydraulically controlled and hydraulic fluids to lubricate and provide pressure to the lifts may be affected by these conditions.
Five, most scissor lifts also have provisions- either chain or cables- that would help serve to anchor the equipment to keep it stable. These anchor devices must always be securely attached or hooked on either carrier trucks or permanent fixtures to keep it from moving during operation.
Six, while towing scissor lift equipment, make sure to drive in tow at a moderate and controllable speed, which would also provide better avoidance from bumps and holes along the way that could damage the equipment while in tow.
Seven, always check to make sure that the scissor lift equipment always have enough or adequate hydraulic fluid in it. Also keep extra hydraulic fluid handy for emergencies, for instance, leaks or spillage for some reason.
Eight, never try to attempt operating the scissor lift equipment while another lifting platform or equipment is in use beside it or very close to it. A lifting equipment, for instance a forklift, could get entangled along the hydraulic or scissor arms that could severely damage the equipment.
Nine, do not try to attempt or modify equipment operation, such as tweaking with the scissor arms to either extend the specified operating height or making it lift beyond its specified loading capacity limits.
Lastly, always make sure that the scissor lift equipment is always in good operating condition. This would mean keeping a constant and regular maintenance checks on the equipment to make sure that the scissor lift equipment is safe for use.
Common sense will always be a good precautionary guide and keep one aware about the basic yet necessary safety tips for scissor lift equipment that will not only keep one safe, but will also result to a longer lasting scissor lift equipment.