Scissor lifts are incredibly useful pieces of machinery, with many applications in construction, property, warehousing, shipping and many other industries. Essentially a mobile work platform, they can safely lift people, equipment and goods up to 18m.

If you are looking to hire a scissor lift, here’s 6 things you should keep in mind.

Lifting Height and Capacity Will Vary Depending on the Model
Scissor lift platforms can hold the weight of up to four workers and their tools, and can reach between 2 to 18 meters high. They can also can be operated at different heights as required, allowing workers to make their way up or down the wall or structure. Ensure you check the lift capacity before you hire – you may need more than one machine, or a larger one to complete the job if you have more workers and tools than one machine can safely carry.

There are Different Types of Scissor Lifts
That being hydraulic, electric or diesel. Using hydraulic oil, hydraulic scissor lifts may function better in warm temperatures as the oil may be affected by changing temperatures. Electric scissor lifts are perfect for indoor or enclosed spaces while diesel scissor lifts should only be used on outdoor sites due to the fumes released by the diesel engine.

You need to be Competent to Operate a Scissor Lift
Operators of access equipment including scissor lifts, need to be competent. To achieve this competency you can obtain a licence known as a Yellow Card. If you do not have a Yellow Card or need a refresher, Height 4 Hire offers training courses taught by fully qualified staff in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OH&S) and the new Work Health and Safety Act (2011).

There are Lifting Equipment Regulations
There are specific regulations that apply to all lifting and access equipment. These regulations stipulate that you need to ensure that a scissor lift is operated by a competent person, who is appropriately supervised, and that all work is carried out in a safe manner. When hiring a scissor lift, keep in mind that if you have people other than yourself who will be operating the equipment, you must abide by these regulations.

Choose a Four-Wheel Drive Model for Outdoor Use
Four-wheel drive scissor lifts are able to navigate rough terrain with ease. If you plan to operate the scissor lift outdoors on bitumen, gravel, grass and even mud – these machines will be able to safely go where you need to.

An Electric Scissor Lift is a Great Option for Indoor Use
If you are hiring a scissor lift for an indoor job, choose an electric one as this will ensure that no harmful fumes are released. Scissor lifts manufactured for indoor use also are equipped with non-marking tyres to prevent floor damage.

Hiring a scissor lift will save you time and money, getting the job done safely and efficiently. If you are looking to hire a scissor lift or other access equipment, at Height 4 Hire we have a large range of modern, well-maintained and reliable equipment to suit all your access needs. Contact us today to find out more.