When utilizing rough terrain scissor lifts, it is important to utilize extra care and be fully aware of your surroundings in order to be safe. The extended booms on the equipment act as levers from the center of the drive unit. Like for example, a 6 inch bump could lead to a 3 foot bounce when the driver is at the driver controls. Consider all other traffic nearby, since they might not know that you are moving. Plan your assent carefully. Park the boom lift on a flat surface which has no water or mud. These areas cover deep potholes that could be possibly cause the occupants to fall if the tires fell into the holes. If provided, utilize all of the outriggers, fully extended. Be certain to just use wooden chalk blocks that are approved.
Some lifts would operate from the end of the boom on a metal platform. Extended booms act levers on the drive unit. While you are at the driver controls, a 6-inch bump could result in a 3-foot bounce. Consider all other traffic. They might not be aware that you are moving. Plan your assent. Park the boom lift on a flat surface free of any water or mud. These areas can conceal deep potholes in which the lift tires can fall, tipping the occupants. Extend all outriggers, if provided, completely. Place just approved wooden chalk blocks under the outrigger pads in order to prevent the unit from moving.
A serious hazard for lift operators is overhead power lines. This is due regardless of what kind of lift is used. For example, if the platform driver is not being aware, or if the platform is being controlled by ground personnel that can not correctly access nearness to wiring and thus, either the worker or the platform itself could be easily brought into contact with electrical wires. The worker can be electrocuted unfortunately unless correctly insulated.