Scissor Lift Safety
While a ladder can be a useful tool for working in places that are out of reach, sometimes it’s just not high enough to get the job done correctly. Scissor lifts can bring you as high as 60 feet. If you are required to work at greater heights, safety is of the utmost importance. Here are 5 tips on how you can keep you and your crew safe when using a scissor lift.
1. Hold Training Sessions
One of the most important ways to ensure your staff is safe when using high reach equipment and scissor lifts is to hold training meetings. Employers must abide by OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) rules and provide training for their employees on protective equipment and safety precautions when they are required to operate any type of equipment or machinery.
2. Check Your Surroundings
Obstacles around your scissor lift can be a recipe for an accident. Make sure any power lines, cords, large boxes, and other obstacles are removed before using a scissor lift.
3. Test Breaks and Other Emergency Controls
Before using a scissor lift, inspect emergency controls. Test to make sure the stop button is in working order in case you need to cease the function of the scissor lift in an emergency.
4. Keep a Maintenance Schedule
Regular maintenance can keep your scissor lift running in top shape. Check the scissor lift manual for instructions on how to properly maintain it. If you are renting your scissor lift, ensure that your construction equipment rental company has performed regular proper maintenance.
5. Keep Your Scissor Lift on Level Surfaces
Uneven surfaces can cause your scissor lift to overturn. Make sure it’s adequately stabilized and secured. You should also abide by weight limits and never use your scissor lift in strong winds or dangerous inclement weather.
Renting a scissor lift can be a great way to get your projects done quickly and efficiently at a fraction of the cost. Contact Calgrove Equipment Rentals at (818) 805-1617 for more information about how we can be of service for all of your construction equipment needs.