In most cases, shortcuts are unsafe and not any more efficient. Shortcuts are more about not selecting the right equipment or improperly using the right equipment than they are about efficiency. Tools and equipment are designed for specific purpose, and equipment used for anything other than its intended purpose becomes dangerous.
Scissor lifts are intended to provide a safe platform for workers at a higher elevation. Standing on the mid-rail or the top rail, or working from a ladder stationed on a scaffolding platform is never safe.
A properly planned job will select a scissors lift with enough reach to do the job. Wood planked putlogs can safely be used to create a work platform deck for scaffolding, a walkway, or to bridge sections of scaffolding. Putlog end connections are curved to fit over the platform to secure it to a horizontal scaffolding tube, unlike the picture provided.
For more information on scaffolding and fall protection safety, check out our Scaffolding Safety Field Guide.
Handling a load with one forklift may not be complicated, but handling a load with two forklifts can be very complicated. This job required two forklifts and a scissor lift working together in close proximity to each other. It would seem simple enough to unhook and lower this dragster to the floor, but the forklifts don’t work in unison. The difference in the lowering speed of each forklift could cause the dragster to fall from the forks.
The task would require the forklifts to be positioned under the dragster in a manner that would prevent damaging as well as balancing the vehicle. At the direction of a signalperson, the forklifts would raise the dragster to take the weight of the hangers. Then, it would be disconnected. Finally, the signal person would observe and control the descent of each forklift.
See Forklift Foul-Up to see what can happen when things go wrong.
Genie’s first rough-terrain, high-performance electric scissor lifts with an on-board integrated generator to charge its batteries has just been released. It has an expandable 69 inch platform, a 40 foot drive height, and a 1,500 lbs capacity.
The Genie BE scissor lift series features two operating modes for increased jobsite versatility. This selectable feature meets the needs of both outdoor jobsites with no onsite power, and indoor jobsites with sensitive noise and emission environments.