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Safe use and training for elevated work platform (EWP) equipment

Why is training very important to use any type of aerial lift equipment?

Scissor Lifts, Boom Lifts, Cherry Pickers, and Mast Climbers are brilliant new machined that are now full of technology and safety equipment for elevating large stable platforms into difficult to reach places. In the olden days, people were required to come up with creative ideas to work in these high-risk environments which were often basic climbing gear, scaffolding, and harnesses with the assistance of a team of colleagues.   

Elevated work platforms are the new way for workers to safely reach hard to get to places for extended periods of time. These secure work platforms are now used to lift payloads and operators with minimal fuss and manpower. These machines also come in different sizes and horsepower depending on the requirements of the operator and work site. New machines are built for single user operation and can be used on difficult terrain and have extraordinary lift capacity with a powerful engine and hydraulic options.

In order to be able to operate any type of elevated lift equipment, the operator must be professionally trained and be aware of any potential problems that may be encountered when operating the equipment.

Learning how to handle the equipment properly will benefit the operator and ensure the machine is not damaged and any potential accidents avoided. Operators must be confident and trained on the machine to ensure the work be completed quickly and safely. Operators are qualified for a license if they can follow clear instructions and procedures and if they can also respond effectively to any potential issues.

Even with a detailed manual, completing training will help any potential operator fully understand how to operate the equipment to maximise its potential and to ensure the safe operation of the machine. Hands-on training with an instructor/coach will give operators the knowledge they need to avoid damaging the equipment and any personnel.

The EWP (Elevated Work Platform) training also focuses on safety guidelines so the operators will know what possible issues they may encounter and are given certain scenarios of what could happen during an unexpected incident and how other workers should respond if a potentially dangerous situation should occur. It is important operators are aware of the risks and potential problems that could occur with this heavy duty to prevent accidents that could result in serious injury.

The most common reason for injury/fatality in operating these machines are tip-over of the lifts and operators falling from the platforms when they are extended at a significant height. As such proper training is imperative to ensure the chance of a tip over or any chance of operator error is kept to an absolute minimum. It is recommended to hire elevated work platforms from a professional firm that offers training for operators and maintenance of the equipment to ensure optimum operator and workplace safety.


How to hire a scissor lift

Scissor lifts provide a secure elevated work platform that can be easily and safely moved up and down to great heights with stable self-leveling functionality. Scissor lifts can be used on a variety of work sites to access difficult to reach areas and due to the size and complexity of the machine, operators must be vigilant and always follow the instruction manual on how to operate the equipment.


Operators and any passengers must also wear full safety gear before they can operate the scissor lift such as a hard hat and eye protection.

When hiring a scissor lift it is important to check the device thoroughly before any heavy load is placed on the platform and to test all the controls are working before extending to a higher zone than a meter off the ground. Once the controls have been checked and the machine is determined to be stable and on a secure base, the operator can then move to load the platform and extend the height.

It is important not to overload the machine with too much equipment and to ensure the payload is well balanced for stable operation. It is also critical to ensure the machine is on level ground and has stable footing prior to any lifting movement. Always bear in mind that a scissor lift is used to safely raise materials and the operator so it is important that stability is maintained as height is increased. It can lead to accidents when the platform is not properly balanced and the base secure when operating outdoors and unexpected forces like strong wind can lead to a potential problem. Always practice caution when using a scissor lift as potential tip over problems can be costly and extremely hazardous.

Always stay inside the basket and platform at all times, It is important to keep in mind that the rails are in place for the operator’s protection. Operators must avoid stepping or standing on the rails, never lean over too much or overextend beyond the rails. Keep your body inside the rail and avoid unnecessary excessive movements around the platform as this can cause the machine to become off balanced and potentially tip over.

Never move the Scissor lift when It is extended or raised above the ground. The machine must be secure and all personal outside of the platform before any major movement on the ground level.

Also when operating the scissor lift it is important to ensure that all personal actually not in the platform are well away from the platform and any potential reach of the machine should any unforeseen incidents occur. The operator must ensure the machine is operated with no bystanders anywhere near the potential impact zone should the machine become off balance and tip over.

When the project is completed and the scissor lift is to be returned to the hire operator, it is important to ensure all doors are securely closed and the machine is locked in the transport mode for safe transportation or collection from the work site.