A scissor lift is a type of aerial work platform that is used to lift people and equipment to elevated heights. It operates by extending and raising its platform using a system of interlocking supports that move in a scissor-like pattern.
To operate a scissor lift, first make sure that the lift is on level ground and that the outriggers (if equipped) are fully extended and stable. If the scissor lift is equipped with a safety cage or guardrails, make sure they are properly deployed and secure.
Next, familiarize yourself with the controls of the scissor lift. Most scissor lifts have a control panel at the base of the lift, as well as a secondary control panel on the platform itself. The control panel at the base of the lift will typically have buttons or levers for extending and retracting the platform, as well as raising and lowering the lift. The control panel on the platform will typically have controls for the direction of travel (if the lift is equipped with wheels) and for activating the safety features of the lift.
Once you are familiar with the controls, follow these steps to operate the scissor lift:
- Press the button or lever to extend the platform of the scissor lift.
- Once the platform is fully extended, press the button or lever to raise the lift to the desired height.
- Once the lift is at the desired height, use the controls on the platform to move the lift in the desired direction, if equipped.
- To lower the lift, press the button or lever to lower the platform to the desired height.
- Once the platform is at the desired height, press the button or lever to retract the platform.
- Once the platform is fully retracted, turn off the power to the scissor lift and secure it for transportation or storage.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for operating a scissor lift, and never exceed the lift’s rated load capacity or maximum working height. Always wear a harness and other safety gear when using a scissor lift, and never use the lift near overhead power lines or other hazards.