Disadvantages of Using Scissor Lifts
A scissor lift is a particular type of mobile scaffolding. This wheel-mounted machine provides power to a work platform which moves up and down. The lift can be powered by electricity, propane, gas or diesel. Scissor lifts are characterized by a variety of scissor-like joints that raise the machine by expanding and collapsing. Many safety features are built into scissor lifts nowadays, especially models that are newer. Like with any safety features, they may not be able to guarantee safety and several features can occasionally malfunction or they could be overridden by operators manually.
Normally, construction workers use scissor lifts to work on ceilings or on higher aspects of the jobsite. The workers will have to hoist the platforms just to right beneath the level of the ceiling. The problem with accidental elevation can occur if the workers inadvertently bump into the elevation controls when working. In the ceiling scenario, the controls might be activated accidentally and the platform could rise up and inadvertently crush them into the ceiling.
Another way workers need to be extremely careful is to be certain they know the surroundings they are in while utilizing the machine in order to make sure they don't accidentally electrocute themselves. If, for instance, an operator inadvertently touches or makes direct contact with an electrical conductor or an induction field, terrible consequences could occur.
It is essential to know the loading restrictions when in operation of the scissor lift. These restrictions will be labelled in the scissor lift instruction manual. Mis-loading the platform could cause extremely serious consequences. A lateral-load is amongst the potential issues which can take place if the whole lift overturns. This situation occurs when a heavy tool or material like a concrete slab which hangs over the side of a scissor lift platform, causing the entire equipment to become unbalanced right away and greatly susceptible to dangerously tipping over.