Safety Tips for Hydraulic Lifts
Hydraulic lifts have uses in a variety of industries, from window washing, to firefighting. Before using any kind of hydraulic lift, it is important to ensure you follow all safety procedures to avoid injuring yourself or other people while you use the equipment. Always read the instruction manual for the equipment before use, and if certification is required, do not use the machine without proper training and certification. In addition to these steps, also follow these common-sense safety practices to ensure you remain safe through every activity.
Inspection: It is important to inspect the unit before each use and a few times a year to ensure that the equipment can hold up to regular use. Nothing is worse than having the unit break down during use, putting you at risk for serious injury. Look for loose connections, shaky joints, and smooth operation every time you use the machine. Have the hydraulic lift serviced every few months to ensure it remains in top shape.
Usage: During use, always use any included safety elements, such as safety harnesses or helmets to stay safe during use. Never jump on the lift, shake the lift, or lean out over the lift. These actions can cause unnecessary strain on the equipment, causing it to break or become damaged in another way.
Maintenance: Always lower the lift completely after each use. Keep all parts clean and free of grease and oil. Keep safety equipment nearby and labeled for easy use. Label and color-code all controls to make it easy to operate the equipment, even under pressure. Lock the equipment in place when not in use, to ensure that the machine cannot roll away or turn on unexpectedly during service or when not in use.
If you follow the above safety tips combined with usage safety tips, you will not only stay safer, but your lift equipment will last longer too.