Dallas, TX (PressExposure) December 17, 2009 -- A scissor lift is an essential component in a medium scale construction business. Basically it is a platform that can be elevated using the criss-cross (scissor-like) mechanism that pushes the platform upwards. Thus the workers standing on the platform will be elevated to the desired height where work could be accomplished. It is actually a modern version of a ladder. Where the ladder is a simple tool to let you reach heights, a scissor lift is a machine which is powered automatically. You can use the scissor lift to paint the walls of a structure, clean heights, fix electrical wirings, and do plumbing.
There are certain safety precautions that must be followed in operating a scissor lift. The Work at Height Regulations (2005) categorized the scissor life as an MEWP or mobile elevated work platform. It should have guard rails so that those in the platform are prevented from falling easily from the heights.
In fact there is a scissor lift training for all operators so that safety and precaution are prioritized. The training includes knowing what kind of scissor lift is fitted for the job. For this one has to consider the height of the scissor lift, the width of the platform which is necessary depending on how many workers would be lifted, and the efficiency of the machine itself. Outdated and defective scissor lifts should be scheduled for repair and not be used.
It is required that all workers working at heights be harnessed and secured to the scissor lift all of the time. One must also check the harnessing equipment and make sure that all the locks are properly in place. This is part of the training on safety.
One also must take into consideration the weather conditions and refrain from working during precipitation or when there are strong winds. When working at heights, all workers should be alert to any possible mishap such as overhanging features and even traffic conditions.
When choosing to rent a scissor lift, test the quality of the machine and make sure that the operators have all the necessary training to do the job safely. There should always be personnel who know how to do first aid in case of an accident or a fall.