Used Lifts For Sale
Operating a lift safely is crucial to protecting your workers, and operators, as well as adhering to OSHA guidelines. If you are looking for used lifts for sale, there are a few tips that you are going to want to think about while you’re making the purchase, as well as after you have made it and have the machine on your job site. These tips are designed to help make sure that nobody gets hurt, and that you are keeping yourself away from the risk of having a lawsuit enacted against your company.
Tip #1: Perform Daily Walk-Around Inspections – Each day before you start your operations you, or your manager, are going to need to perform a walk-around inspection of the lift. Make sure that you know what to look for when you’re performing the walk-around, and go over every detail of the machine to make sure that there are no problems that could injure your workers. You need to look at the connection points where the scissor lifts raises and lowers, the tires, electrical wiring, as well as a wide variety of other areas that could alert you to potential damage.
Tip #2: Check For Air, Hydraulic, and Fuel Leaks – While the machine is being operated, after it has warmed up for the day, you want to begin checking for any leaks. If there is air, hydraulic fluid, or fuel leaking from the lift, it could cause series damage to the machine, as well as your employees. These problems are usually easy to spot as long as you are looking in the right places. Look around fuel and hydraulic lines, and fittings, as well as the air fittings on the tires to determine whether or not there are leaks.
Tip #3: Evaluate The Worksite For Safe Conditions – Even if the machine is in excellent working condition, the job site where you are using it could create potential problems. Uneven ground, shifting ground, as well as slopes in the floor are all potential problems for a wheeled scissor lift. You should also keep an eye out for holes, bumps, debris, and overhead lines that could cause problems.
Tip #4: Test The Equipment’s Functions – Each day before you begin your operations you are going to want to make a thorough run-through of the equipments functions. You want to make sure that it can move freely on its wheels, and that the scissor lift operates up and down properly. You also want to make sure that the equipment can hold itself in place when it is elevated, as well as when it is under load (either with materials or your employees).
Tip #5: Read & Understand The Operating Manual – The safe operating of the lift requires that you have read, and understand the operating manual. The manual is designed to keep your workers safe, as well as keeping the condition in excellent working condition. You will also want to make sure that your operators have read and understand the manual to prevent any problems when you may not be on the job site, or near the lift.
Tip #6: Use Only Certified Mechanics For Repairs – One of the best ways to make sure that the lift stays in excellent condition is by making sure that you are using only certified mechanics when the machine needs to go in for repairs. These mechanics have been certified by the state you’re in, and by OSHA to understand the safety requirements of the machine. This helps you ensure that only brand new parts are going to be used to fix it, rather than the mechanics trying to save money by using, what could be, faulty parts to repair the machine.
Tip #7: Use Only Competent Equipment Operators – Allowing new employees, or untrained employees to operate the equipment is a recipe for disaster. To make sure that the equipment is not going to be abused, putting it at risk for failing, and that your operators are going to remain safe, you want to make sure that they understand the implications of operating the equipment under the wrong conditions.
Tip #8: Teach Your Operators How To Shut Down The Machine – You are also going to want to make sure that anyone who operates the machine knows how to shut it off properly. Whether you are shutting it off for the day, or require an emergency shut down while the lift is in the extended position, it is going to be required for the operators to understand exactly what to do.