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Scissor Lifts: An Efficient Alternative to Ladders

- July 9, 2018 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)

If you’re in the construction business or warehousing industry, you’ve likely had an occasion to use a scissor lift to reach an elevated area. When this equipment is used in the manner that it was designed, it’s quite safe. It definitely has stability advantages over the use of a ladder and provides additional safety for the employee and can increase efficiently greatly.

Scissor lifts are one directional; operating only up and down. They provide a stable work platform when used as designed.  They also provide a larger footprint on the construction floor but are less of an advantage in a tight or congested work site.

There’re some safety guidelines that need to be employed in order to preserve the reliability:

  1. Know your scissor lift. Know how it works and the hazards.   Have your employees been properly trained on how to use the equipment?
  2. Know the weight and vertical limit of the lift.
  3. Railing, including guard rails, mid rails and toe boards need to be in place. (For the toe board, it can be open at the door opening).
  4. The platform must be provided with at parking brake capable of holding the unit secure on any slope.
  5. Test the parking brake at the start of each day, and periodically throughout the day to ensure the parking brake is fully capable of stopping the movement.
  6. Block or secure the wheels from lateral movement when used.  Never move the lift when an employee is on the lift.
  7. Refrain from using the rails or a ladder to increase the reachable height.  If it won’t reach, find a larger model.
  8. Become familiar with load rating of the scissor lift. Remember to take into account the weight of the employee and material. Know its limitations.   Do not over load the lift.
  9. Always maintain a safe distance from floor openings, door or travelled pathways, or other debris or obstacles.

These tips can help you succeed when using a scissors lift. You may be aware of most suggestions, if not all, but a refresher is always suggested. Safety matters, regardless of how high you need to go.

If you have some additional tips, please let us know.


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