The Don'ts of Operating a Scissor Lift in your Warehouse

Posted on: 20 June 2017


As a small-scale warehouse owner, you might wonder how you could maximize space for storage purposes. However, the answer lies in the vertical space of your room, that is, stacking pallets vertically towards the roof ensures that you make use of every little space available. That being said, stacking and fetching boxes several meters high will need the services of a scissor lift, like the ones available from Instant Scaffolding WA. Since you will be operating at high heights, you should ensure that your staff observe a few safety precautions when operating a scissor lift.

Don't Drive Elevated Platform on a Slope -- Scissor lifts are manufactured in such a way that their platform is supposed to stay level when in operation. Such a design is meant to prevent the machine from toppling over when loads are placed on it. In case your warehouse's floor has sloppy points, your employees should avoid operating the equipment on such a surface. Most importantly, they should not drive the machine on a sloping surface while the platform is elevated as they risk accidents and damages through falls. They can avoid operating scissor lifts on sloppy surfaces by relocating shelves that were initially on slopes.

Don't Use a Ladder to Increase Working Height -- At one point or another, and depending on the height of your shelves, a scissor lift might fall short by a couple of meters. In such a case, it might seem easier to use a ladder on an already elevated platform to reach higher shelves. The moment your employees do this, they put their lives at risk because the scale might not hold properly on the scissor lift's platform. If your scissors lift falls short of the required height, just exchange it for safety reasons.

Don't Use with Low-Pressure Tires -- Scissor lifts are rated according to their load and height capacity. Before using the machine, ensure that its tires have manufacturer's recommended pressure. If there is a pressure difference on one tire, the machine's balance will be compromised thereby putting at risk the load on the platform and the picker. Therefore, your staffs need to go round the machine and confirm that all tires have even pressure elevating the platform.

Don't Use Near Overhead Power Apparatus -- If there are power lines or power apparatus running overhead across your warehouse, avoid using a scissor lift near them. It is important to remember that scissor lifts are not insulated from electricity. For example, even if you have padded the standing platform with poor conductors, your staff will not be entirely safe. Therefore, warehouse shelves should be arranged in such a way that they are not anywhere near power lines. Such a setup will ensure that your employees can operate the lift safely.