Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Access Equipment

Modern access equipment is designed to make working at heights or hard to reach places safer and more efficient, but that isn’t always the case – hiring the wrong type of equipment or a lack of appropriate training are just a couple of mistakes that are often made that can lead to a wide range of issues. Height 4 Hire is Brisbane’s leading choice for access equipment hire, with a wide range of scissor lifts, boom lifts, forklifts and more.  With over 10 years’ experience in the access hire industry, we have seen a few common mistakes which has resulted in decreased productivity, efficiency and even safety. If you are considering access hire, here’s a few mistakes you should avoid.

Don’t Underestimate Your Operational Needs  

It’s important to have an understanding of your job site, and the tasks for which the machinery will be used. While boom lift hire may satisfy the height requirements, it may not provide the reach you need and this is where an articulated boom may be the safer option.  Hiring a boom lift is ideal for getting people and materials into place and holding them there, while an articulated boom lift is more agile and allows people and materials to be elevated to a height but also manoeuvre around obstacles.

Don’t Over – or Underestimate the Reach and Capacity of the Machine

Different types of access equipment have unique attributes that make them better suited for particular types of work. A straight boom lift lets you reach further, with more capacity, while articulating boom lifts are perfect for jobs that require you to get up and over objects. Different lifts can also be paused at different heights as required. Before you arrange your access hire equipment, know your requirements and check the lift capacity of the machine. You may find that you require 2 machines to complete the job safely if the weight of your workers and tools etc. will exceed the limit that one machine can carry. It’s also vital to choose the equipment that will safely reach the height you need.

A boom that is too short can result in workers dangerously trying to reach the job by climbing onto the platform railing, while a boom that is too long could result in the need to lower the boom so the weight is far off its centre of mass. This can cause an imbalance, resulting in the machinery tipping over.

Don’t Allow Untrained Workers to Operate the Equipment

Operators of access equipment including scissor lifts and booms, need to be competent.  To achieve this competency, you can obtain a licence known as a Yellow Card.  A Yellow Card is an industry licence that can provide proof of training on scissor lifts, vertical lifts and boom lifts (under 11m). When operating a boom type EWP with a reach of 11m and above, it is a legal requirement to hold a high risk work licence. In addition to being licenced, operators must be familiar with the exact EWP they are operating. This includes thoroughly reading the operator’s manual as well as having a sound understanding the function and location of all safety devices and controls.

Don’t Ignore the Fine Print

When hiring access equipment, it’s important you read the contract carefully before signing. Many hire companies have hidden fees and extras that you may not be aware of. Ensure you understand the terms and conditions – this includes understanding the exact equipment you’re hiring, the rental period, transportation (pick-up or delivery) and what happens if something goes wrong. Don’t hesitate to ask for clarification on any points that aren’t clear.

Height 4 Hire is one of the leading choices for access hire in Queensland. With a fleet of reliable, well-maintained equipment, whether you need scissor lift, stick boom or knuckle boom, or you aren’t sure exactly what to hire, our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to help. Get a quote online or get in touch with us today by calling (07) 3713 0500.

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