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Scissor Lift Operation Basics

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Anyone working in a warehouse or construction environment will most likely need to be able to operate a scissor lift at some point in time. In order to do this, you must have the proper training and certification. If you're new to using a scissor lift, there are several different things you need to know in order to remain safe while on the job.

Operating the Lift

Before you operate a scissor lift, there are procedures you must follow beforehand as a safety precaution:

  • Make sure the area around the lift is clear and free from obstructions.
  • Be sure you have adequate ceiling clearance when the lift is at full height.
  • Ensure that the battery is fully charged and disconnected from its charging power source before operating.

Once it's time to get moving, pull out the emergency stop button and get onto the platform. Using the built in controls, maneuver the lift forwards and to the destination you will be using it. Raise the lift to its desired height once it has come to a complete stop and begin working. When finished, you may lower the platform back down and drive the lift back to its charging station. Be sure to push all emergency stop buttons back in and turn it off completely.

Safety Precautions

As with any machinery, there are certain safety measures that must be taken to prevent injuries. Follow these safety related tips for your scissor lift to ensure there are no issues.

  • Never drive a lift near steep edges or places where it can drop off. Avoid loading docks.
  • Do not go above the lift's rated load, which can be found on the equipment. Too much weight can lead to accidents or malfunctioning.
  • Never operate a lift outside in windy conditions or inclement weather.
  • Don't sit or lean on the guardrails located on the platform. They may break, causing the operator to fall.
  • Never use a ladder or step stool to raise the full height of a scissor lift.
  • Always do a spot check to ensure that the lift's tires, battery, and safety rails are in optimum condition.
  • Steer clear of moving vehicles and cranes when operating a lift.
  • Anyone who operates a scissor lift must undergo the proper training and certification before they can use it.
  • Never raise the platform of the lift while it is on a trailer, truck or forklift. 
  • Be sure the ground below the lift is stable and there are no soft spots that could cause it to tilt or tip over.

To rent a scissor lift, contact equipment rentals, such as Thompson's Grand Rental Station Inc.