Scissor lifts are commonly used in place of boom lifts in construction. The lifts are designed in such a way that they raise and then close. The biggest benefit that comes from the use of these lifts is that they have a large platform, so it is easy to carry all your work tools with you when working up high. However, they come with their own set of challenges, which is why it is important to follow recommended safety rules to avoid falls, electrocution or other accidents.

1. Inspect the Lift Before Using It

Experts recommend that you inspect the machine carefully before use. When doing the inspection, check the following elements and ensure they are all working properly:

  • The fluid levels (if the lift is pneumatic)
  • Guardrails
  • Tires
  • Batteries

Failure to check the lift could lead to problems such as the lift failing to fold and get back to the ground after you finish the job. It is also advisable to station the lift somewhere away from other people and activities. It will help them to avoid getting hit by the lift or getting hurt by objects that might drop down as you work.

2. Pay Attention to all Electrical Connections

Electrocution is one of the three major causes of fatalities when using scissor lifts. It is advisable to pay close attention to power lines and any other electrical connections because you will be working up high. Sometimes, the electric current jumps from powerlines, even without direct contact. It is important to keep clear of power lines if you do not know if they are live wires or not.

3. Check the Weather Before Using the Lifts

Certain weather conditions increase the risk of accidents when using scissor lifts. You should avoid using the lift when it is windy outside because it increases the possibility of losing balance and falling off the lift. Also, rainy weather increases the chances of slipping and falling off the lift.

Other safety precautions you should take when using these lifts include ensuring that you adhere to weight limits. Everyone at the worksite should have the proper safety training before they are allowed to operate scissor lifts. Finally, the amount of caution you take when using the lift should increase with any increase in the height of the lift. Always have an expert do an inspection before you use scissor lifts.

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