Scissor Lift Safety Rules Every Operator Should Know

Operating scissor lifts require special handling to avoid accidents before, during and after its operation.  Scissor lifts are named due to the scissor like contraption called the pantograph found underneath the working platform.

Unlike the cherry picker and the boom lifts the scissor lifts have a stable work platform but is only limited to vertical movements. 

The scissor lift is highly recommended for maintenance jobs.

Scissor lifts provide a more stable working platform than other aerial lift devices, safety measures are still taken into consideration when hiring it for work.

Please see the safety guidelines below that every scissor lift operator should keep in mind.

Inspect the lift before operating it

Equipment inspection is a must before it should be used.  Should any problem arise, do not hesitate to alert your supervisors and never attempt to repair the equipment on your own.  Faulty equipment must not be used during operation.

Work site inspection must be done before operating the machine

Inspect the work site for any uneven surfaces, debris, overhead obstructions and power lines.  Unsafe conditions must be reported before work is started.

Non Personnel must be kept away from the workplace

Before beginning or resuming work, make sure that non personnel must be escorted out of the working site.  They must maintain a distance of at least 6ft away from the machine when work commences.

Never overload the platform

Do not fill the lift platform beyond its capacity.  This includes not carrying material which are essentially not allowed to be carried into the work platform.  Should there be any exceptions due to the nature of the work, it is best to contact the lifts manufacturer for any queries. 

Keep both feet planted firmly inside the platform

As a safety precaution and as a means to maximise work efficiency, both feet must be planted firmly within the working platform.  Never employ the use of planks, ladders or other devices to gain working height.

Secure the lift after operation

Keep all controls in their respective places after operating it.  Never leave the key on the lift to prevent its unauthorized use.  The use of the lift in the wrong hands especially for untrained individuals pose safety and legal sanctions.  Remember that Safety starts with having the best scissor lift in the market and having well trained personnel to operate it.

Knuckle Boom Lift Preventive Measures To Minimize Hazards

In order to be able to operate a knuckle boom lift effectively, it is necessary to secure your safety and the people around you within the vicinity.  This is important especially when it comes to curved road ways and slopes, which makes the knuckle boom lift quite challenging to handle

Unusual source of incidents

There are a number of serious injuries at construction sites or in work place environments as a result of failure to follow the safety rules in operating knuckle boom lift equipment, many of which are preventable.

Reasons why Accident may happen

Two thirds of the deaths from collapses/tip overs of boom lift occurred when the bucket cable or boom broke or the bucket fell; almost one third were due to tip overs.

Half of the falls from boom lifts involved being ejected from the bucket after being struck by vehicles, cranes or crane loads or by falling objects, or when a lift suddenly jerked.

Half of the boom lift electrocutions involved body contact with overhead powerlines, mostly involving electricians or electrical power installers and repairers.  Over one third of the electrocutions involved an overhead powerline contacting the boom lift or bucket.

In most of the caught in/between deaths, a worker was caught between the bucket edge and objects such as roof joists or beams while repositioning the bucket.

Turning corners at fast speeds and with two narrowing turning circle.

Driving up or down the hills too fast.

Driving too fast on slick roads or where spills have occurred.

Driving too fast in a windy condition and driving without taking other conditions into account.

When it comes to knuckle boom lift equipment which is taller than a standard car, its gravity begins to be a real concern for blind curves, slopes, driving up and down a mounting area, and even driving in general.  The greater the main load of the lift, the greater the centre of gravity.  If the centre of gravity is uneven during the operation of turning a corner you could lose control or even flip the entire machine over.

Acceleration in executing a turn is very dangerous as this usually causes the boom lift to gaunt off from the curve, allowing its weight to cultivate the probability of it becoming unbalanced.  The height of the projecting point, as well as the conditions can create difficulty when driving up or down the hills.

To be able to prevent accidents from happening, it is essential to know how boom lift equipment act under different situations and to then drive slowly and steadily to match the conditions.  Keep in mind that wind and/or gravity will both influence the boom lift when in motion.  By slowing down, you can keep manage balance properly and proportion of weight as well as estimate any potential loss of control due to gradient, surface and gravity.

When driving a knuckle boom lift on elevated slope areas it is important that care and supervision are exercised at all times.  Fatal accidents can occur when you do not follow the conditions that can cause the machine to overbalance.  It is essential that all operators must be trained on how to use the Boom Lifts.