Safety Features for Electric Lifts
An electric platform lift helps move employees and products from one level to another. These lifts are often powered with hydraulic lifting systems, scissor lifting systems, or pneumatic lifting systems. Each type of lift system has its own benefits and drawbacks.
One of the biggest aspects of operating any electric platform lift is the safety considerations. Lifts should have a series of safety measures in place that will prevent the harm of employees or products during the normal use of the lift. Most lifts come with these safety features already installed inside the unit mechanisms. Lift manufacturers work hard to meet all OSHA and other safety certifications and guidelines to ensure that each person using the lift stays safe. Some of the most common safety features you should look for in your lifts include:
Handrails: Handrails protect people and property while on the lift. The handrail gives the person on the lift a place to hold onto during the movement of the lift. The rails can also prevent things from suddenly sliding off the lift, damaging them or causing safety risks for people and objects on the ground.
Push buttons: A push button to start and stop the lift is an important feature that can help prevent accidents on the lift. The person using the lift can push the button to stop the lift in case something is snagged on the lift or there are other problems with the lifting mechanisms.
Non-skid surface: A non-skid surface will help prevent falls and injuries due to a too-slick surface on the lift. Non-skid surfaces are especially important for transporting goods from one place to another.
Fall arrest: A fall arrest works to stop the lift automatically in case the lifting mechanism fails. This prevents the people or goods on the lift from falling suddenly and crashing.