Not every warehouse task requires a forklift. If you are taking down individual products instead of large pallets, or if you have another job that requires the hands-on help of an employee, the scissor lift is the best choice. Although a scissor lift looks simple and doesn't require the precision of a forklift, it can still be a dangerous piece of equipment. The following tips can help you ensure your employee's safety when the warehouse lift is in use.
Tip #1: Start with training
Scissor lifts from different manufacturers will have minor differences in operation. If you purchase a lift for your warehouse, make sure the dealer provides you with the proper training materials and operator's guide for your model. If you are renting a lift, the rental company should provide this information along with a brief operator training meeting. Select one employee to be the chief operator of the lift. They will be in charge of attending any training meetings and in understanding the operator's manual so they can teach others how to use the lift.
Tip #2: Always perform inspections
Daily inspections are a must. Most manufacturers will provide a daily checklist for their specific model. This will include how to inspect all safety devices, such as lights, sounds, emergency stops, and anti-tip devices. All moving parts and controls will also require an inspection. The checklist should also include a maintenance list so that operators know when it is time to lubricate or service specific parts of the lift.
Tip #3: Create a safety zone
Make sure there are aisle barriers installed in the warehouse and that they are being used when the scissor lift is in motion. The aisle must be closed off and cleared of all personnel except for the operator when the lift is moving down the aisle or if it is stationary and moving up toward a shelf. The concern isn't just from the movement of the lift – falling objects from a shelf can injure someone if they are standing below.
Tip #4: Be mindful of hazards
Hazards will vary depending on the location. Indoors, objects overhanging the aisles will be the most obvious hazards, such as light fixtures or ductwork. Marking these with fluorescent tape can help prevent accidents. For outdoor storage areas, check for overhanging dangers like power lines. Do not use the scissor lift in any areas where it could potentially come in contact with such a line. Potholes and other ground damage should also be avoided since it could cause the lift to tip.
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