Two important steps to take if you've rented a scissor lift for a construction project


Here are two important steps to take if you've rented a scissor lift for a construction project.

Arrange for a height safety equipment inspection to be carried out on a regular basis

Anyone who'll be using the scissor lift during the project will need to wear height safety equipment whilst they're on it; this might include a harness, a hard hat and a safety lanyard, amongst other things. Whilst the people who'll be wearing this equipment should get into the habit of checking their own equipment before they put it on, in preparation for working on the elevated scissor lift, it is also essential to arrange for this equipment to be inspected periodically through the project by a professional who is trained to do this task. The frequency with which these inspections should be carried out will depend on how often the equipment is used. For example, having an inspection carried out once a week might be appropriate if the equipment is subjected to light usage a few times a week.

This professional will be familiar with height safety equipment and the type of wear and tear that each item is susceptible to. They will also be knowledgeable about the subtle signs that could indicate that a piece of height safety equipment might need to be replaced (such as loose threads on a safety lanyard or small dents on a safety helmet). Their knowledge and training will allow them to determine if the height safety equipment is fit for use, which will, in turn, greatly reduce the likelihood of those who wear it whilst they're in the scissor lift falling and being badly hurt, due to this equipment's failure.

Ensure you have spare height safety equipment on hand at all times

It is also important to have at least one spare set of height safety equipment on-site at all times. The reason for this is that if the professional who carries out the height safety equipment inspection discovers that the equipment that one of your workers was about to put on is too damaged to perform its function, then that professional will need to advise you to dispose of or send the equipment off for repair.

If this happens and you have no spare, functional height safety equipment on hand, the worker who was supposed to wear the defunct set of equipment may not be able to do their job on the scissor lift that day. This could impede the progress of your building project. Conversely, if you always ensure that you have one spare set of height safety equipment available, you will not be put in this difficult position, even if the results of the aforementioned inspection turn out to be unfavourable. 

For more information about height safety equipment inspections, contact a local company. 


22 September 2022

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