Disadvantages of Scissor Lifts
A scissor lift is a specific type of mobile scaffolding. This wheel-mounted machinery provides power to a work platform which moves up and down. The lift could be powered by electricity, propane, gas or diesel. Scissor lifts are characterized by a variety of scissor-like joints that lift the machinery by expanding and collapsing. Numerous safety features are built into scissor lifts these days, specially the newer models. Like with any safety features, they might not be able to guarantee safety and some features can be manually overridden by operators or they could occasionally malfunction.
Usually, construction workers utilize scissor lifts to work on ceilings or on higher aspects of the jobsite. The workers will need to lift the platforms just to right below the level of the ceiling. The problem with accidental elevation could 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 can rise up and inadvertently crush them into the ceiling.
Employees need to be really careful, making sure they are completely aware of their surroundings. This will ensure they don't inadvertently electrocute themselves. If, for instance, the operator makes direct contact with or inadvertently touches an induction field or an electrical conductor, terrible outcome could take place.
While operating a scissor lift, it is essential to be familiar with the loading restrictions in the handbook of your scissor lift. Very terrible consequences can occur if the platform is mis-loaded. A lateral-load is one of the possible issues that can occur if the whole lift overturns. This situation happens when a heavy tool or material like a concrete slab that hangs over the scissor lift platform's side, causing the entire machinery to become immediately unbalanced and really prone to dangerously tipping over.