How to Safely Use a Scissor Lift

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Operating a scissor lift requires carefully following rules for safe use

Safely Operate Your Scissor Lift Rental

Like any heavy equipment machine, knowing how to operate a scissor lift safely will save you a lot of grief in the long run.

We care for your safety at BigRentz, so here are some really simple, basic safety methods that will only take a few minutes of your time for the next time you rent a scissor lift from us!

Four Things to Avoid with Scissor Lifts

  1. Avoid driving near holes, drop-offs, or even loading docks.
  2. Avoid raising the platform on a slope or even driving onto a slope when elevated.
  3. Avoid raising the platform on soft or uneven surfaces.
  4. Avoid driving on soft or uneven surfaces when elevated.

We know that these four points may seem obvious but you won’’t believe how many times accidents, damage, and even death occur when you don’t assess the risks when at ground level first.

Things to Consider when Operating a Scissor Lift

Other things to look out for when operating a scissor lift:

  1.  Make sure to use chain, guardrails, mid-rails, and that the bar is in place
  2. Never stand or sit on the guardrails
  3. Never use a ladder, scaffolding, or any other devices to increase working height or even size of the platform.

The above-noted things are there to keep you safe. They are not there for you to rest on or to use as leverage for height.

By nature, we like to get things done quicker, but it is important that you remember a scissor lift’’s platform is not designed to be an additional working platform. This means to never use a ladder, scaffolding, or anything else to increase the size or even the working height of the platform.

Final Things to Remember

By nature, we like to get things done quicker, but it is important that you remember a scissor lift’’s platform is not designed to be an additional working platform. This means to never use a ladder, scaffolding, or anything else to increase the size or even the working height of the platform.

  1. Do not use a scissor lift that has damaged tires.
  2. Do not use tires that are not per manufacturers specifications.
  3.  Do not use the scissor lift if the platform is not working correctly, including being damaged, worn, or missing.
  4. If there is a wind speed of a minimum of 25 mph, never use a scissor lift outside.

Lastly, the guardrails are not designed to handle a load suspended from a chain or rope. The guardrails were created in mind with keeping the operator in the platform safe – not to assist in loading things in another level.

Always remember that safety devices were created for precisely that – safety. They should never be tampered with.


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