So, what should you know before you hire a scissor lift?
Or maybe you are thinking of using a ladder instead? Well, read on to find out the inside details…
Scissor lifts can be hydraulic, mechanical or pneumatic – depending on their intended use, and easily can raise a construction or maintenance worker, plus all of his tools, to the desired height. When working on the outside or inside of a building, we often use ladders and platforms to reach the top of the walls and ceilings but have you ever considered, however the level of risk associated with working off a ladder as well as the expenditure associated with the project taking longer?
Scissor lifts can save your life, save time and save money.
1. The platforms are relatively large. Scissor lifts have considerably larger platforms than ladders, which means that they can accommodate a number of workers and all of their equipment with ease. Workers also will be able to save time by reaching a wider expanse of wall or ceiling without having to re-position the unit, which is a real problem with ladders. But make sure you measure out the area you are working in before you hire so you get the right unit that fits the job area.
2. The platforms are strong and versatile. Scissor lift platforms can hold the weight of two to four men and their tools, and reach from anywhere between 2 to 18 meters high. The lifts can also can be paused at different heights as required, allowing workers to make their way up or down the wall. Check the lift capacity before you hire – you may need 2 machines to complete the job if you have more workers and tools than one machine can carry.
3. Four-wheel drive is a bonus for outdoor use. It is possible to hire four-wheel drive scissor lifts, which are able to navigate the terrain outside buildings with ease. This will ensure that the machine is up to the task of driving on bitumen, gravel, grass and even mud – wherever you need it to go. A new release of scissor lift has also enabled workers to work on multi-level surfaces for the first time in Australia! These models are generally diesel- or gas-powered to ensure maximum power
4. Electric power is an option for indoor use. When the job is indoors, you should opt for scissor lift with an electric battery. This will ensure that no harmful fumes are released inside. There is also the option of using a scissor lift with a narrower platform if working in a tight space. Scissor lifts manufactured for indoor use also are equipped with non-marking tyres to prevent floor damage.
5. Scissor lifts are safer than ladders. These platforms feature safety apparatus that are designed to protect workers against falling and other accidents. There is a railing around the whole platform with a gated area where workers mount and dismount the lift. In most cases, workers also are required to wear a safety harness that can be clipped to the railing. The cost of work related injury is worth considering.
6. Scissor lifts are free-standing. A scissor lift is completely free standing, providing the ability to reach a larger area. When using a ladder, on the other hand, especially when trying to reach a high place, it often is resting against the wall, which can restrict your movement.
Still got questions about hiring a scissor lift or any other work platform to suit your job? Call Duralift on 1300 580 580 and one of our friendly staff will assist you straight away.