A man-lift is a type of aerial work platform with the ability to move vertically. It can be used in many different industries and environments, including construction sites and warehouses. The device is designed with safety features to protect its operators from injury, but there are still risks involved with operating it. Follow these tips to stay safe when operating man-lift:
Read The Manufacturer’s Manual
The manufacturer’s manual is the primary source of information about your machine, so it’s important to keep your manual in a safe place. The manual will be invaluable when you need to know how to operate the equipment safely or how to maintain and service it.
If the manufacturer has provided additional training materials or videos, be sure that you take advantage of all these resources as well.
Wear Safety Equipment
In addition to your hard hat, wear safety goggles and a harness. If you’re working on a scaffold or in an elevated position, you should also wear a safety vest. Gloves and steel-toed boots are also important to avoid injury if you fall from the equipment.
Your hard hat should be properly fitted so that it doesn’t move around when you are working. The brim of your hard hat should cover your forehead and any hair that is above eye level.
Use Only Approved Attachments
When working with attachments, ensure they’ve been approved by the manufacturer and are rated for the weight of your man-lift. Also, use only attachments that are appropriate for the job you’re doing—for instance, never use a bucket to carry people or heavy materials.
Attachments must be attached to your man-lift in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and labeled safety information.
No More Than One Person At A Time
It is important to note that man-lift equipment is designed to carry only one person at a time. If more than one person is on the unit at any given time, it can overload the equipment and increase the risk of accidents. It also puts undue stress on the motor, components, and other machinery parts, increasing wear and tear and reducing efficiency.
To ensure your safety when operating man-lifts, always ensure you are alone before starting your shift or entering into a lift with another employee. This way, you’ll be able to focus on what’s happening around you without having someone else distracting you from their job duties or making careless mistakes by getting in your way.
No Riding On Forks Or Load Backrests
Riding on forks or load backrests is dangerous. You should always be in the seat and never stand on the forks or load backrests.
If you ride in a forklift, you should never ride on the forks. The only time you should be standing on anything is if it’s part of your job to do so, such as moving pallets around in a warehouse setting.
Keep Machine Clear Of Traffic
Keeping the machine clear of traffic is an obvious safety concern but one that’s often overlooked. Most people don’t think about it until they’re in the middle of a crowded street with cars whizzing by and pedestrians crossing without looking. If you’re operating your lift truck in public areas like this, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for signs that someone might be walking toward you or in front of you. Try not to drive through busy intersections if possible; instead, use side streets or alleys whenever possible so that if someone were to step out into traffic as you’re approaching them, there would still be enough space for both parties’ safety.
Use Only One Hand To Control The Steering Mechanism
Don’t use both hands to control the steering mechanism. Use one hand to guide and control the steering mechanism, and keep the other hand free in case you need to grab onto something. Also, don’t change direction quickly or turn too sharply: You can lose your balance quickly if this happens!
It’s your job to ensure that you and your workers are safe on the job. Following these tips will help keep everyone out of harm’s way.Read More