1. Inspect the lift before operating. If the lift fails the pre-operation inspection, take it out of service and report the problem. Never try to repair the lift yourself.
2. Watch for obstructions when driving the lift or moving the platform. Inspect the work area for dangerous conditions, uneven surfaces, and overhead obstructions such as power lines.
3. Cone or section off the work area. Do not allow anyone to work, walk or stand under a raised platform.
4. Never exceed the manufacturer’s rated platform capacity.
5. Do not carry materials on the platform railing, unless approved by the manufacturer. If you’re not sure what size lift you need, research scissor lifts for rent and do a inventory of everything you will be using while you're up in the lift working in the air. You will have no problem renting the perfect size lift if you know the total space and weight capacity of people and materials that will be required to complete your project.
For industrial-size lifts where you may have more than one worker on the platform at a time, it may require personal protection equipment also known as (PPE). PPE is additional safety equipment worn by each worker, including hard hats, goggles, and a full body fall protection harnesses so workers can be less prone to injuries while on the job. These are precautions to take while up in the air so you are less susceptible to hitting your head or having debris blown in your face while working.
Harness restraints need to be inspected before every use for rips, tears, or any type of deterioration. Your harnesses are designed to protect you in case you fall out of the lift but will only work if it is put on correctly and secured to your body. You can adjust your fall protection harness by unlocking and sliding the belt straps around your legs and shoulders until they are snug and fit comfortable then lock them back in place. While in the scissor lift, make sure that one end of the lanyard strap is connected to the back of your body harness and the hook which has a spring loaded locking mechanism end is locked into the anchor mount located on the scissor lift. This can save a life if a worker falls out of the lift by acting as an anchor, preventing a person from plummeting to the ground.
Be careful when driving a scissor lift outdoors on uneven surfaces or in wet or dangerous weather conditions. Inspect the work area and route path that you will use in the lift while working on your project. Make sure there are no slopes, liquid spills, debris, or power lines in the pathway where you will be working.