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The Top Scissor Lift hazards

New generation scissor lifts are specially designed to offer front-line construction technicians
easier and safer access to hard-to-reach areas of residential, commercial, and institutional facilities.

The equipment will make your job easier thanks to the flexibility and mobility that they offer. However,
hazards are all over workplaces and sometimes, the worst may happen at the most unexpected
moment.

Therefore, if you are a construction technician and you operate scissor lift, your number one priority
should be safety. Make sure that you complete your training and learn about potential hazards that
can occur and how to deal with them. Here are some of the common scissor lift hazards that you
should know.

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Ejections From the Basket/ Falls

Ejections from the basket of falls from elevated heights can as a result of various hazards. To avoid
falling off or coming off accidentally while using the scissor lift, make use of a body harness with a
robust tie-off attached to the industry approved tie-off areas. Make sure that you remain tie-off while
operating the equipment and while the equipment from one location to another. You should also avoid
basket near the structure. Fall and ejections from the basket are common accidents that you can
prevent.

Collapses/Tip-Overs

Collapses and tip-overs are usually caused by inappropriate handling and traveling of the lift as well
as inadequate mechanical inspections and pre-start vehicle. Tip-overs may also occur as a result of
an exceeded load capacity.

Driving the lift with a raised platform, carrying large objects, operating the lift in severe weather
conditions, and exceeding the recommended horizontal and vertical height limits can lead to tip-overs.
Collapses, on the other hand, may occur as a result of mechanical failure and can easily be prevented
if you conduct a thorough pre-operation inspection of the lift vehicle to make sure that all the controls
are working as expected.

Electrocutions

Electric shocks can also occur if you work in proximity to electric power lines. You need to keep in
mind that electrocution can happen even if you are not on the platform since electric current can flow
through the equipment if it is not properly insulated.

Make sure that your scissor lift doesn’t get too close to electric power lines. Keep a distance of at
least 10 feet away from the power lines if you are not a certified electric worker. Treat all power lines,
conductors, and wires as potential safety hazards even if they appear to be insulated. Do not risk your
life.

Falling Objects from the Lift

Not only workers who operate the lift are at risk of falling objects, but also other workers on the
ground are at risk. Sometimes, on-foot workers are severely injured or even killed by falling objects
from the lift bucket or platform. The risk of falling objects is mostly caused by the scissor lift hire
carrying objects that are larger than the platform or carrying unstable objects.

You should make sure that all the openings on the platform or bucket are closed.  The operator
should also try to avoid positioning the lift directly below other workers on the ground. The on-foot
workers on the ground should also be aware of the work surroundings and avoid working directly
underneath or close to the lift when it’s raised.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Cherry Picker

As the name implies, cherry pickers were originally invented for picking fruit. Today, cherry pickers are
used for many different tasks, such as trimming high tree branches, repairing fascia, cleaning windows,
and fixing roofs. Cherry pickers are one of the best alternatives to scaffolding. This machinery offers an
effective way to access high and hard to reach areas. If you’re interested in getting a cherry picker, here
are a few things that you should consider.

cherry picker

 

What Reach and Raise do you Need?

The first thing that you should consider is the raise and horizontal reach you need. The height that a
cherry picker can reach is calculated by measuring from the ground to the machines maximum vertical
reach. Sometimes, the height that a cherry picker is able to reach includes the length of the reach of the
average person. In general, you should avoid including the height of the average individual to the
measurement of the reach of a cherry picker.

The sideways outreach of the cherry picker is measured from the cherry pickers turret to the average
persons reach. When considering the average reach of a person, you should keep the task and any
other heavy equipment in mind. For example, a light tool like a paintbrush won’t impact individuals
reach. However, heavy equipment could have a significant impact on an individuals reach.

How Heavy is the Equipment That Will Be Used?

It is essential that you take into consideration the weight of the equipment that will be put in the
bucket. The weight in the bucket impacts the reach that is possible. The lower the buckets weight, the
further the cherry picker will be able to safely reach. Keep in mind that the weight of the bucket should
include not just the weight of your tools and equipment but also the weight of the individual in the
bucket. You should compare the weight of the bucket to the safe working load of the cherry picker hire.

Will the Work Be Done Outside or Inside?

The next thing that you should consider is whether the work will be done inside or outside. If the work
will be done outside, you should think about the ground surface. The existence of a slope, for example,
will have an impact on your equipment choice. You should conduct research about the gradient at which
a machine can function safely and effectively. If the ground surface is uneven and bumpy, you may need
to talk to the hire firm. Another consideration is groundwater. You may want to get a cherry picker with
outriggers that can be used to spread the load.

If the work will be done inside, ventilation should be the key factor of consideration. An electric machine
will not give off fumes while a diesel powered cherry picker will. Therefore, it is preferable to get an
electric cherry picker. Get the measurements of the most narrow space the machine will need to fit
through. Take into consideration the turning radius as well.
As you can see, there are many things you should consider when choosing a cherry picker. For more
information about what you should consider when it comes to a cherry picker hire, don’t hesitate to
contact us.