Posted by Ashley Bechtel in #YHSafetyTips, Oct 12, 2016
Welcome to the new #YHSafetyTips weekly blog post! If you’re not sure what #YHSafetyTips is all about, click here to read our introduction from last week. This week, we will be talking about the proper use of lift tables.
For all types of lift tables, you want to make sure that you are not overloading the capacity. Doing this will damage not only the table, but anything that you are lifting may fall and be damaged as well. You want to make sure that your lift table is not being used for anything other than it’s intended purpose because that will also damage your table. This includes, but is not limited to, using a lift table as a crane, ladder, table, or scaffolding.
When using a scissor lift make sure that the environmental conditions are acceptable. Do not use the table if there are strong wind conditions, if there are obstacles ahead or above the table, or if the table is sitting on top of a vehicle or device as these conditions can be very dangerous for both the table and the operator.
When using a portable lift table, make sure that you inspect all wheels prior to use. This will make sure that the wheels will spin freely and that there is nothing blocking their way. You want to make sure that you check the area directly around where your table starts, and where you are going to be moving to. When checking, looking for drop offs, holes, or any other obstacles that may cause harm to the table or the operator.
We hope that this helps you to better understand how to safely use any lift table that you may currently use, or one that you are looking to use in the future. Check back next Wednesday where we will be discussing everything Fall Protection from different types, correct use, and when it is and is not required.