Access equipment is a prime example of working smart, instead of working hard. With a boom or scissor lift on your side, you can take on heavy lifting and work efficiently at great heights without too much physical effort. The exercise, however, requires mental awareness to be executed correctly. The Sterling Group specialises in ensuring the safe use of access lifts, so we compiled this basic safety checklist for access hire equipment.
Only Work with Trained Access Equipment Operators
The risk of injuries on site is reduced drastically if only trained operators with the relevant skills and knowledge operate the access equipment. Prepare a practical test to help you choose the right person for the job. You can use the manufacturer’s manual as a reference. Keep the manual on-hand to help the operator, should any unexpected concerns arise.
Remove All Obstructions from the Vicinity
Clear the base of the access lift and surrounding areas of any rubble or potential obstructions. It’s important that the ground the lift is placed on is level and free from unexpected surprises. Make sure there are visible signs to keep other employees clear of the machine as well.
Wear All Your Safety Gear at All Times
You can never go wrong with a helmet, reflector jacket and harness. This equipment ensures that you’re visible to other workers on the site and it protects you from falling or sustaining serious injuries while on the job.
Observe Height and Weight Limitations
Never go over the weight limit. Calculations have been done to determine the access equipment’s capacity and exceeding this puts you and others at risk. Rather make multiple vertical trips instead of taking the chance. Don’t let anything hang over the sides of the boom lift or scissor lift either. A big fall is very costly, whether it’s a person or work material.
Pay Attention to Weather Conditions
Windy weather is unsafe for the operation of access equipment. The height at which these machines are operated destabilises them. This means that the slightest breeze can cause a boom lift to tip over. Consult with your user manual to be sure about the limits of the specific model you’re using.