5 Tips For Safety When Using Lift Equipment
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Here at Alberta Lift & Equipment rentals, we care about our customers and their safety, which is why we offer excellent safety training courses with experienced professionals. But we don't just want to give safety tips for those who sign up for our courses. Today we're going to share 5 of the most important safety tips to ensure that you and your workers are secure and out of danger while using lift equipment. If you find some things in this article that you didn't know before, we highly recommend contacting us and asking us about our courses. Even if you know all 5 tips in this post, we cover a lot more in our courses and after completing the course, you'll be properly certified.
1. Ensure Equipment is Stable & Fits The Job
There's no use in trying to use a monkey wrench as a hammer. One should always use the right tool for the job. This is especially true with lift equipment. Ask our professionals what lift is right for you and they will be able to help make sure that you have the perfect piece of equipment for the job. Also, you need to make sure that all of the lift equipment you're using has been properly safety checked. If the equipment you plan to use is broken or not working properly in any way, you're asking for trouble. All of our equipment at Alberta Lift has been properly safety checked and serviced.
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2. Know The Load
Remember, the lifting equipment is only at strong as it weakest components, so if you are lifting a load with a forklift that is 2 tonnes, you will need to use a forklift that is properly serviced and that can support up to 2 tonnes. The load that you are lifting should not exceed the Working Load Limit (WLL). This is the maximum weight that the equipment is able to safely lift. The WLL of all the heavy lifting equipment should be clearly stated on the machine itself.
3. Tie Off at Height
Whenever you're working at height, you should be using proper fall arrest procedures by tying off to a stable source. Never hang over the edge of the confined space on scissor lifts and always make sure you have a spotter, or someone within earshot when working at heights that could be dangerous.
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4. Set Up Pedestrian Traffic Lanes
If you're working in an environment with a lot of pedestrian traffic, as well as traffic from heavy equipment, it's important to designate certain lanes for people, separate from the vehicle and machine traffic. Countless accidents happen every year because workplace traffic isn't properly separated and monitored. You can save someone from injury, simply by designating a pedestrian traffic lane.
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5. Ensure a Stable Load
Finally, the stability of the loads that require lifting needs to be tested before lifting. If you are lifting heavy load ensure that the load is secured to your equipment correctly and securely using proper tie downs and clamps. Also If you are lifting a load with loose parts or a load with insecure elements, make sure the loose parts are secure before lifting. Sometimes plastic wrapping and shrink wrap can do wonders for these types of loads. If this check is not carried out a potentially fatal accident could occur.
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