Are Scissor Lifts Safe?

10/22/2018

All construction equipment is inherently dangerous. Proper training for operators can alleviate many potential issues, but if scissor lifts aren't used as intended or maintained per manufacturer guidelines, hazardous situations can occur. Protect your workers and equipment by making sure your entire crew is aware of these factors that affect scissor lift safety.

Training

It's absolutely essential that all operators, occupants, and supervisors receive training or pass any necessary certifications on how to safely handle the scissor lift equipment that's being used. Ensuring that workers understand how to safely and appropriately use a scissor lift can greatly reduce workplace accidents involving aerial lifts. If an incident does occur, having other trained personnel in the area can minimize injuries by stopping or lowering the lift to a safe position.

Maintenance

It's critical that scissor lifts are properly maintained to avoid possible mishaps during operation. Operating machines without routine maintenance can lead to hose cracks, hydraulic oil leaks, loose pins, or more serious complications over time. Scissor lifts manufactured by Hy-Brid Lifts only have two hydraulic connection points and can be fitted with maintenance-free AGM batteries, making them easier to maintain than competitive scissor lifts.

How Are Scissor Lifts Safe

Pre-Start Inspection

Proper inspections for general safety and mechanical integrity should be conducted on a daily basis before using any scissor lift. If something is missing or damaged, the scissor lift should not be used until it's been serviced appropriately. Each machine's pre-start inspection checklist can be found in the Operations and Safety Manual that came with your scissor lift. If you have a low-level access Hy-Brid Lifts, you can also find your specific pre-start inspection checklist below.

PUSH-AROUND PRE-START CHECKLIST SELF-PROPELLED PRE-START CHECKLIST

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