In contemporary construction strategies for equipment sourcing, rentals are hitting a high note with contractors. Tools, vehicles, equipment, machines, & even earth-moving class vehicles are easily leased or rented. But today, we are talking about determining the health of a rental – namely, a scissor lift.
It’s essential to know what to look for before signing any contracts on a lift. You want to make sure that the equipment is operational & of a quality that will meet your needs, but you also want to be sure that it’s in good condition.
If a scissor lift looks damaged, it probably is. It can cause serious safety hazards for you and the people working around you. CIV LED Lighting Solutions, LLC will discuss the common signs that a rental lift might be damaged.
1. The Frame is Bent or Deformed in Any Way
It is probably the most obvious sign that something is wrong with the scissor lift. If the frame is bent, the lift has been involved in a collision and is no longer safe to use.
2. Cracks or Breaks in the Frame
Check out the cracks or breaks in the frame. These can also weaken the lift structure and make it more likely to collapse.
3. The Platform Isn’t Level or Doesn’t Seem Stable
The platform on a scissor lift should be completely level at all times. The platform may be uneven because of damage to the frame or other lift parts. It can make it unstable and dangerous to use.
4. There are Cracks or Breaks in the Platform
Like the frame, any cracks or breaks in the platform can make the lift unstable and dangerous. If you see any damage to the platform, don’t use the lift and contact the lift rental company right away.
5. The Controls Aren’t Working Properly
All of the controls on a scissor lift should be easy to use and responsive. If they’re not, it could mean that the lift is damaged and unsafe to use. If you’re having trouble with the controls, don’t use the lift and contact the lift rental company.
6. You Hear Strange Noises From the Lift
If you hear any strange, mechanical noises coming from the lift, it’s a sign that something is wrong. It could be a sign of damage to the frame or other parts of the lift. Don’t use the lift and contact the lift rental company immediately if you hear any strange noises.
Even if the scissor lift looks in good condition, following safety precautions is essential. Ensure to read the manual before using the lift, and never use it without an expert operator. If you check these signs of damage, you stay safe while using a scissor lift.
Renting a scissor lift is a great way to improve your productivity and safety on the job site. However, you must take the time to inspect any lift before you rent it. If you see any damage, don’t take the risk—find another lift.